Chelsea striker Gonzalo Higuain believes that his spell with Chelsea was not that bad. The Argentine joined the Blues in January 2019 on a short-term loan deal. He arrived at a time during which the Blues were struggling to get goals up front. Alvaro Morata had been struggling for form whilst Olivier Giroud was always relied upon as a back-up option and never really viewed as someone to lead the line for the club on a regular basis.
Crystal Palace are looking to sign Chelsea ace Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window. The French international is said to be frustrated with how things are working out for him at Stamford Bridge. His lack of action under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is pushing the former Arsenal and France international to make a dash to the other side.
From an outsiders perspective, one would predict that Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham have a strained relationship. Abraham has been preferred by Frank Lampard to lead the line for Chelsea this season. The youngster has done a sterling job so far and certainly deserves the role.
French national team boss Didier Deschamps believes that striker Olivier Giroud must play more football on a club level. The veteran has been deprived of game time for Chelsea this season as manager Frank Lampard has opted to deploy the young Tammy Abraham as his first-choice striker. On paper, the Englishman warrants being the Blues first-choice option to lead the line and he has so far been stellar, even drawing comparisons to Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba.
“You know, Olivier suffers his situation. Before January, nothing will move,” Deschamps told a press conference as reported by Sky Sports.
“After, it will be up to him to see. I hope he will have more playing time.
“But we cannot take away his goals, his good performances. He scores, he makes others play well.
“He knows he is under pressure, but he always responds.”
Giroud has been in good form for France
Even though he has lacked game time for Chelsea, Giroud has been in good form for country recently. The 33-year-old found the back of the net during his sides 1-1 draw against Turkey on Monday and the goal was his third in four games. He also managed to bag the winner for the 2018 World Cup Champions during their victory against Iceland last Friday.
It is hard to see Giroud departing Chelsea in January
The probability of Giroud leaving Stamford Bridge at the end of the season is high but it is unlikely that he will leave the club during the January transfer window. Chelsea need an apt back-up option to Abraham and letting Giroud leave could be problematic as it could leave them short of options.
The Blues will likely not be able to sign any new recruits in January in lieu of their two-window transfer ban.
Giroud will play an important role for France in the European Championships
Even if he struggles to gain game time for the Blues, it will be hard to see Deschamps leaving Giroud out of his 2020 European Championship squad. The player offers plenty of experience and is still a good impact substitute even though he may not be as effective as a starter. The French will be favourites to win the Euros for the first time since 2000.
Mason Mount started for the Three Lions, marking his first full game for England. Tammy Abraham also made his first competitive appearance as England lost to the Czech Republic 2-1 on Friday. Another Chelsea player, Fikayo Tomori, was an unused substitute.
Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is still undecided on whether he wants to represent the Three Lions or Nigeria. The 22-year-old striker celebrated his birthday with his eighth goal of the season in Chelsea’s 2-1 win against Lille in the UCL Wednesday.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has refused to rule out the possibility of moving to the Major Soccer League. The Frenchman joined the Blues from Arsenal during the January 2018 transfer window. He arrived at the club at a time during which Alvaro Morata was struggling for form and when the West London giants were clearly in need of additional firepower upfront.
Chelsea boss, Frank Lampard gave updates on his players’ health status. The Blues manager said that certain players will remain out until they are deemed fit to play.
Chelsea will need experienced players to be at the forefront and guide the younger talent next season. Realistically, fans cannot expect the Blues to win major silverware next term, though they can expect the club to lay down the foundation for young stars to come through the ranks. The following are two players who are likely to be playing their final season at Stamford Bridge next term.
1. Olivier Giroud
Had the transfer ban not been in place, it is likely that the Blues would have not triggered the option to keep Giroud for a further season. As thing stand, it is uncertain whether Gonzalo Higuain will remain at the club beyond this summer. This could mean that Giroud could end up being the only experienced specialist striker in the team. The Frenchman did not get regular game time in the Premier League during the past season but was an important part of the Europa League triumph as he scored 11 goals from 14 appearances in Europe’s second-tier club competition. Giroud may be past his prime but he will have an important role to play for the West Londoners next season.
2. David Luiz
Luiz was a key part of the Blues defence this past season. He, along with Antonio Rudiger, was used as first-choice centre-back throughout the season. Luiz signed a new two-year contract with the Blues in May. At 32 years old, he still has a lot left in him and may have to play a big role for the club next season on and off the field. If however, his body ends up giving up on him or he ends up being overlooked in favour of a younger centre-back, next season could end up being his final one with the Blues. It remains to be seen if Andreas Christensen will be favoured over Luiz next season.
Chelsea have extended Olivier Giroud’s contract for another year. The centre-forward signed for another season with the Blues.
After Chelsea extended Olivier Giroud’s contract for another year, another Blues player this week signed a contract extension. Willy Caballero has inked an extension deal with the Blues for the 2019/20 season.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will not be having any sentimental feelings when his side takes on Arsenal during the final of the Europa League in Baku. The Frenchman spent almost six years with the Gunners before he transferred to the Blues last January as cover for Alvaro Morata up front.
Nice President Gauthier Ganaye has opened the door to Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud. The 32-year-old has become a bit-part player with Chelsea and is reportedly willing to make a return to his homeland of France in order to play more regularly.
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has said that the Blues will activate a clause in the contract of striker Olivier Giroud that will see the Frenchman remain at Stamford Bridge until the end of next season.
Chelsea could be set to be faced with an interesting summer transfer window. The reason for this is that FIFA have slapped the club with a two-window transfer ban after finding contraventions in the way in which the club signed youth players.
Olivier Giroud reckons the two-window transfer ban for Chelsea would be helpful in his bid to remain at the west London club beyond the current season.
Chelsea will face an interesting summer transfer window. The Blues will likely have to make do with the resources they have as a result of a two-window transfer ban. The West London giants have arguably enough strength in depth in most positions but one area that could be a bit of concern is the forward department.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he wants to become “important again”.
Eden Hazard showered accolades on Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain due to the January transfer window arrival’s instant impact at Chelsea.
Olivier Giroud has revealed the ongoing speculation regarding the future of Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea is hard to adapt to with the Frenchman comparing it in contrast with his time at Arsenal.
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted that signing Olivier Giroud from Chelsea is something which would be appealing to him.
The contract of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is set to expire at the end of the season. The 32-year-old has played 18 Premier League games for the club this season, scoring one goal and providing four assists.
Chelsea defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 on Sunday as N’Golo Kante scored the only goal of the game in the second half.
Olivier Giroud states that Chelsea are looking to go all the way in the Europa League after ending their group stage campaign with a 2-2 draw away at VIDI.
Olivier Giroud has given his backing to N’Golo Kante amidst the scrutiny regarding Maurizio Sarri’s decision to play the Chelsea midfielder in the right of a midfield three.