In Kiev, on Thursday evening, Olivier Giroud scored the perfect hat-trick as Chelsea romped to a 5-0 win on the night.
It’s not often that in scoring a hat-trick a player nets with a left-footed shot, a right-footed shot and a header.
However, despite his trio of goals, we fully expect Olivier to be on the bench for the forthcoming fixture, away to Everton, on Sunday.
The 32-year-old Frenchman seems to be the perpetual fall guy, making way for Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain.
Many, myself included, would like to see Giroud given more of a chance, after all isn’t, he the striker Eden Hazard admitted he likes playing with the most?
Following the win over Dynamo Kiev, the Chelsea gaffer, Maurizio Sarri, was magnanimous enough to admit, as reported by Sky Sports, to admit that Olivier is a “very important” player for his side.
But you get the impression that Giroud, who is able to hold onto a long ball and play others into the game, doesn’t fit into the ‘Sarri-ball’ type of football the boss preaches.
Therefore, it’ll probably come as no surprise to be told, as reported by the news source, the Sun, Giroud isn’t exactly endeared by his current role as squad player remarking when pushed on the subject and whether he’ll stay at Stamford Bridge if the situation doesn’t change:
“No. No chance. I’m a competitor.
“I’m 32 but I’m still young. I feel very well physically.
“I have the motivation to carry on. Some of the boys asked me why I didn’t retire with the national team after the World Cup.
“But I’m still hungry and I know how much I will miss football after my career.
“I want more and more. I think I have a few nice years in front of me.”
It’s easy to understand Giroud’s situation but if he were to depart it’d leave Chelsea with a problem, even more so with the two-transfer window ban in place.
Morata is exiled in Spain, Hazard is looking more and more likely to leave for Real Madrid, Higuain isn’t the goal-machine we all hoped he’d be and will exit this summer, thereby leaving the cupboard more than a little bare when it comes to top-notch strikers.
Many of those who frequent Vital Chelsea have suggested that Tammy Abraham be given a chance, come next season that may be one of the few options open to Chelsea.
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