Finally, the Chelsea FC striker had in mid-November in an interview with the French TV program in response to his short playing time Telefoot tellingly announced: “I will have to make a decision in January.” (Service: Premier League schedule)
And finally, the 2018 World Cup hero had his national coach Didier Deschamps in view of the upcoming European Championship in summer 2021 RTL-Microphone suggested a change: “Before March he has to find a different situation than this.”
But now, around three weeks later, it seems possible to stay again – even more likely.
Giroud suddenly becomes important
Because Giroud is finally allowed to play at Chelsea. And the French deliver – and how!
In his first appearance from the start in the Champions League, the 34-year-old single-handedly shot the Blues against Sevilla FC to a 4-0 victory. With his four-pack, the French climbed before the final group game against Krasnodar (Champions League: FC Chelsea – FK Krasnodar from 9 p.m. in LIVETICKER) with a total of five goals also in fourth place on the top scorer list, although he has only been on the field for 132 minutes in the premier class.
In view of this, Giroud’s coach Frank Lampard, who had always preferred Tammy Abraham to the veteran at the beginning of the season, raved: “It was a complete performance and I’m happy for him.”
As a reward for his gala in the premier class, Lampard called the center forward back into the starting line-up in the Premier League at the weekend. And Giroud? He delivered again. (Service: Table Premier League)
With his goal to the interim 1-1, he initiated the 3-1 success of the Blues against Leeds United. “I think his performance was great,” said Lampard, sounding a little more euphoric than before after the game. But the coach will also have in mind that difficult decisions will be made for him in the near future.
Giroud or Abraham?
Continue to rely on the experienced – and now reliable – Giroud? Or let the talented Abraham storm again from the beginning?
The 23-year-old Englishman is also playing a decent season and has so far collected ten scorer points across all competitions. However, only five goals jumped out of it – and that with significantly more playing time than Giroud got.
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If you take a look at the numbers of the center forwards, you will see that Giroud nets significantly more often on average. While Abraham scored five times in 784 minutes of competitive play, Giroud was successful seven times in just 352 minutes.
It is true that the template statistics clearly go to Abraham with 5: 0. The filigree giant has already proven in the past that Giroud can easily be integrated into the offensive game of the blues despite his size.
He vehemently denied that Giroud might simply simply lack the fitness for more assignments. “I still feel very good physically,” assured the world champion.
Giroud as a piece of the puzzle in the championship race?
The Blues should not even think about selling Giroud – on the contrary: The Frenchman could prove to be a missing piece of the puzzle in the championship race.
Because Chelsea plays an extremely good role and is only two points behind leaders Tottenham Hotspur in third place in the Premier League table. (Service: TABLE of the Premier League)
Giroud’s experience, his goal threat and his presence on the pitch could prove to be keys to Chelsea actually having a say in the championship this season. With Lampard’s youngsters around the German national players Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, the storm-tested attacker, who has 530 competitive games under his belt at club level, can be a decisive plus.