Chelsea fans should certainly respect striker Olivier Giroud. The veteran could have left them last summer and had the club not had a two-window transfer ban, they probably would have let go of him.
Giroud could have joined many mid-table teams across Europe’s top five Leagues in order to boost his chances of being included in the France national team – but Didier Deschamps has continued to show faith in the veteran ahead of the European Championships next year. Les Bleus are the 7/2 favourites for the tournament with the bookmakers, which may sway bettors into using Gratorama Bonus Codes to find the best value in the side.
“There is no discussion because the club had one year option and they lifted it because they were happy with what I brought to the club,” Giroud told RMC Sport.
“There was even more than that, there is really some confidence.
“After that, it was not necessarily my will to leave and I never really asked myself the question of a possible departure.”
Giroud has been mainly an impact substitute for the Blues
Giroud arrived at Stamford Bridge in a surprise transfer from Arsenal in January 2018. At the time, the Blues were struggling up front with Alvaro Morata not finding the back of the net often. Giroud was widely viewed as a temporary solution to the Blues goal-scoring woes. For him, the move would have been viewed as an opportunity to push for selection to the French 2018 World Cup squad as he had been struggling to earn regular game time with the Gunners during the first half of the 2017/18 season.
Giroud has been a success for Chelsea. He spearheaded the club’s Europa League triumph last season as he went on to score 11 goals in the competition from 14 appearances. In terms of his impact in the Premier League for the West London club, Giroud has so far scored just 5 goals from 43 appearances, however this must be viewed in context, he has not been given many starts and has had to play second fiddle to the likes of Morata, Gonzalo Higuain and now Tammy Abraham.
Giroud will once again have an important role to play this season, not only as an impact substitute and deputy for Abraham in the League. He will also be required to provide the inexperienced Abraham with advice and mentoring.