Today I will be talking about the rebirth of a certain Frenchmen. His name is none other than Oliver Giroud. Since he has come back into Chelsea’s starting eleven, he has completely changed this Chelsea side. Giroud is a man who was seemingly written off by everyone, and most fans wanted him to be sold in the January transfer window. The fact that he was not sold has been a blessing in disguise, because, if it wasn’t for Giroud, then this Chelsea team would be struggling for goals, and they may have remained stuck in a period of bad form. So let’s talk how this man came back into the starting eleven.
The rebirth started when the board failed to back Frank Lampard in the January transfer window and no signings were made. Giroud was frustrated and wanted to leave Chelsea in order to get consistent playing time to ensure that he could make an impact for France in the Euros. But he acted very maturely to his teammates, fans and the media, and he didn’t force a transfer.
Chelsea started to struggle with injuries. Michy Batshuayi seemed to be Frank’s preferred striker while Tammy Abraham was sidelined. But after Batshuayi’s shockingly poor performance against Manchester United, Lampard realized that he was making a huge mistake by not playing Giroud. When Giroud came off the bench against United, he made an instant impact. He scored, but it was unfortunately considered offside. The impact Giroud could have on this Chelsea team was clear, and he added something different, something Chelsea was lacking. Giroud added a physical presence upfront with brilliant hold up. His hold up play allows the likes of Willian, Pedro, Mount to run in and get more forward to create goal scoring chances.
He was finally given a start in Chelsea’s Premier League match against Tottenham. In that same match, Giroud managed to score his first goal of the season that put Chelsea in front of the Hotspurs 1-0, and he helped Chelsea secure the 2-1 victory. This was the type of moment I had so waited for, because I know what an impact he can make. Throughout the whole game, Giroud was a joy to watch. He helped the team out defensively, he held up play to create more chances for the wingers and he was an attacking threat. When people think of a striker, they focus on wanting goals. Yet, look at Firmino at Liverpool: he doesn’t score that many goals, but he’s known for his ability to track back, collect the ball and create chances for the likes of Mane and Salah.
Giroud might not be the best player when it comes to having the ball at his feet, but his physical presence makes him so important for club and country. Giroud went the entire World Cup without scoring a goal, but his impact on the game was noticeable because of his performance on and off the ball. Since Tammy has been injured, Giroud has stepped up to make the most of his chance.
Giroud, an establish striker and World Cup winner, could have easily thrown his toys out of the pram by not playing week in out, but he didn’t. He respected the manager’s decision and has shown that he really cares for the club. He has shown that he will give us 110% when he’s on the pitch. This proves something significant: that if Lampard had selected the Frenchmen more often earlier on in the season, the results could have been different. Tammy was being over used, and Michy was not offering much when given the chance.
Giroud could have been the player that rescued us some points, whether avoiding the loss or holding onto 3 points. His last two performances for Chelsea against Liverpool and Everton have given the Chelsea fans some much-needed hope for the rest of the season. These two performances have also started some rumours about Giroud being offered a one year contract. I feel like it would be the perfect thing to do for the Blues. Giroud feels happy again, and it would do Chelsea a world of good if they managed to keep him for another season.
He might not be the striker that scores week-in and week-out, but Giroud is a great personality to have in the dressing room as he motivates the youngsters, and he will be crucial for the Blues the rest of this season to achieve a top 4 finish. Maybe Giroud will help Chelsea challenge for premier league title next season, if the manager gets backed.
Giroud has been in such good form, should he get the start even when Tammy is healthy?