It’s What Chelsea Need
Sure, Chelsea need a striker – but that isn’t the only reason why they need Giroud.
Antonio Conte likely watched on in horror last Wednesday as his attacking line failed to create anything of note. Their lack of a target man and out-ball really hurt them, and that simply cannot be allowed to happen again.
Morata isn’t a target-man, per se, but he is able to hold onto the ball and serve as a long-ball option when Chelsea need to get the ball forward.
With Morata unavailable, though, Giroud simply must play. The Blues need a player to lead the line, as on more than one occasion this term they have faltered without one.
He might not be 100% ready, but Conte has little choice.