Forget it Sarri – Chelsea could commit a massive blunder by offloading 31-year-old amidst Turkish interest

Why Chelsea should hold onto Olivier Giroud amidst Besiktas interest

According to the Sun, Besiktas have taken a keen interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. The Turkish outfit are aiming to replace departed striker Alvaro Negredo. The Frenchman is out of contract at Stamford Bridge next year and can sign a pre-contract with an overseas club in January.

Giroud won a first-team role under Antonio Conte towards the end of last season but he has started just one Premier League game this time out. But the Blues should certainly to choose to keep hold of the former Arsenal striker.

Olivier Giroud is a proven goalscorer in the Premier League and has experienced it all in England’s top-tier. The 31-year-old plied his trade with Arsenal for 6 years before moving to Chelsea in January.

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata was lacklustre in front of goal last season and doesn’t seem to have shaken off the spell this time out either. The Spaniard scored 1 goal against Arsenal but has since failed to find the back of the net.

Giroud has always proven to be a reliable option to deploy in Morata’s place. The Frenchman has made a total of 4 league appearances this season, of which 3 have come off the bench. Yet, he has managed to pick up 3 assists and constantly terrorise the opposition defenders. (Stats courtesy – Whoscored)

Sarri will definitely need Giroud for the entire season given that Chelsea have already loaned out Michy Batshuayi to Valencia. Morata has looked poor in the last few weeks and Giroud has deputised well in his place.

Despite tons of criticism on Giroud, he is a clinical and a consistent striker. Giroud scored more than 10 goals a season in every single campaign with the Gunners. The 31-year-old also scored 3 goals for Chelsea last season. (Stats Courtesy – Premier League)

He is excellent when it comes to linking up with his teammates and can be the focal point of the team. Giroud is not only good at killing off moves but he’s also good at initiating them.

The Frenchman’s towering presence means that he is a massive threat in the air. The Blues often whip in a number of deliveries into the box and that’s the kind of supply Giroud thrives on.

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Sarri should definitely hold onto Giroud beyond January. Unless the manager decides to bring in a more talented and prolific striker, offloading him will be a massive blunder. Morata’s struggles in front of goal might eventually frustrate the manager. Sarri will need a more direct and reliable option, which is exactly why the club need to hold onto Giroud at all costs.

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