Why Olivier Giroud would be a smart signing for Everton
According to a report from Metro, Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is prepared to leave the club if “forced” to make a decision on his future. The 33-year-old centre-forward scored for the second time in five days as France drew 1-1 with Turkey in Euro 2020 qualifier on Monday.
Olivier Giroud has started just one Premier League game all season, only managing 118 minutes of football across league and Champions League action so far, partly due to the emergence of Tammy Abraham. He helped the Blues win the Europa League last season, scoring 11 goals in the tournament and finishing as the top scorer.
The 33-year-old came off the bench for France on Monday and scored in Les Bleus’ 1-1 draw with Turkey at the Stade de France. Despite his recent lack of game time at club level, Giroud continues to be a key player for the French national team. He has netted in three of France’s last four games.
Chelsea, of course, are currently operating under a two-window transfer ban and would not be able to replace Giroud should he be sold. However, it looks unlikely the Blues will be able to satisfy the veteran striker’s need for playing time. That being said, Everton should reignite their interest in Giroud when the transfer window reopens.
Everton boss Marco Silva is under tremendous pressure, having lost four of the last five Premier League games. The Portuguese tactician did bring in some exciting forwards in the summer, yet the Toffees have struggled to score goals this season.
Moise Kean joined from Juventus but he is struggling. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is not seen as the man to fire Everton into the top six, while Cenk Tosun remains frozen out and is highly likely to leave Goodison Park in January. That’s why Silva should eye a new centre-forward, and Giroud would fit the bill perfectly.
Giroud will be available for a bargain fee in January given that his contract expires at the end of the season. He is far from a guaranteed starter at Stamford Bridge, and the opportunity to play regularly at Everton would certainly be tempting for him.
The France international is arguably the best striker in the Premier League when playing with his back facing the goal, and his ability to hold the ball up would help bring out the best in the likes of Richarlison, Alex Iwobi and Bernard. He is one of the hardest working forwards in the world, known for his selfless approach and willingness to help his team defensively whenever required.
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Very strong in the air, the former Arsenal ace is an absolute pest for the defenders in the box. Even at 33, Giroud has a lot to offer at the highest level and could make an instant impact at Everton should he decide to join them.
Thus, Everton must not hesitate to make a bid for Giroud during the winter window.