Former Premier League footballer Noel Whelan thinks Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud would ‘surprise a few people’ if he made a mid-season switch to Aston Villa.
The Premier League strugglers recently announced a deal to sign striker Mbwana Samatta from Genk, though Whelan suggested that Giroud has the capabilities to become a hit at Villa Park as well.
Speaking to Football Insider prior to that announcement late on Monday, Whelan argued that although Giroud has not been amongst the goals lately, the run of games that could await him if he were to turn out for Dean Smith’s side may bring the best out of the World Cup-winning Frenchman.
He said: “He hasn’t been prolific but as a target man goes – he is good aerially in the box, can hold the ball up and can bring others into play. You don’t get too many players better than him; even at his age, he could still do a job, and I think he is one of those players who needs to have a manager who has faith in him and gives him a good run of games. He could surprise a few people, and he certainly fits the mould.”
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Though, that could be why a move for a man with such a wealth of experience (he has 78 Premier League goals to his name as well as European and international pedigree) is a realistic possibility and has been mooted by Whelan.
Having topped the scoring charts of the Europa League only last season, there is everything to suggest that Giroud could still cut it at this level. That he has not been part of many Chelsea squads this year arguably speaks to the alternative options at Frank Lampard’s disposal up top rather than any decline from the 33-year-old.
Therefore, Smith could perhaps do a lot worse than attempt to bring Giroud to the club as Whelan appears to imply, though his capture of Samatta looks to have killed off any hope of the Frenchman coming to Villa’s rescue.
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