The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern aren’t sure about the rumours linking the Blues with a move for Olivier Giroud. The Blues are said to be keen on landing the Frenchman, who has struggled for game time at the Emirates.
However, whilst there is certainly credence to the argument suggesting that Chelsea shouldn’t look to sign players that Arsenal don’t want, it would be wise for Antonio Conte to make an exception in this case.
After all, Giroud – who is rated at £18 million by Transfer Markt – is just what Chelsea need. Whilst Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuaiyi excel with the ball on the floor, Giroud is quite the opposite. Standing at a towering 192cm (6ft2), the Frenchman is the stereotypical target man. Offering muscle in the box, dominance in the air and strength from set pieces, Giroud would bring a number of qualities that Chelsea – simply put – are lacking at the moment.
That doesn’t mean that he isn’t comfortable with the ball at his feet, though. He’s proven how potent he can be with the ball in the air and on the ground since moving to London, and so whilst Conte would likely use him as a target-man, there are more strings to his bow than just that.
His goalscoring record is pretty impressive too. He has consistently picked up 10-15 league goals per season for the Gunners, which is a solid return given that they haven’t been the most successful team in the Premier League over the last few years.
Sure, at 31-years-old, he’s unlikely to be a long-term option for Chelsea, but in terms of securing a player for the present, there would arguably be nobody better. If he can come in for a couple of years and fill the gap for Chelsea – which he certainly looks to be capable of – then he’d be a perfect choice for the Blues.
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