It is not an exaggeration to say that Newcastle’s attack has been shambolic so far this season.
The Magpies only recently recorded their first win of the season, as they have looked turgid and unenthusiastic for the opening months of the season. Rafa Benítez has been typically defensive, but as a result, the club have struggled to find the back of the net. So much so, depsite being in 16th place in the Premier League, only six teams have conceded fewer goals than Newcastle. On the other hand, only one has scored fewer.
Although Dwight Gayle has been loaned out to West Brom this season, Newcastle still have a fair number of strikers to chose from with Solomón Rondón, Ayoze Pérez, Yoshinori Muto and Joselu. However, none of them have really fired this season, and subsequently, The Magpies are struggling.
If Newcastle want to avoid another stint in the Championship, they will need to find a goalscorer quickly. Luckily, there are players that they can choose from. One of these is Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud.
The Frenchman’s contract at Chelsea is due to end at the end of the season, and it looks unlikely that he will be offered a new one. The Blues will surely want to make some money from his departure, and therefore selling the World Cup winner in January makes more sense than letting him go for free at the end of the season.
However, Chelsea would not want to sell him to one of their rivals, particularly given their progress in the Premier League this season. That is why a move to Newcastle makes so much sense.
At the age of 32, Giroud may not have many great years ahead of him, but he is still capable of playing in the Premier League. If there is one thing that the French striker brings to any team, it’s goals. He has the uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time, and being able to score from positions that previously looked impossible. Newcastle are crying out for a man like Giroud, and it seems like a deal that will suit all parties involved.