Olivier Giroud has exceeded expectations this season at Chelsea yet the French striker faces an uncertain future at Stamford Bridge.
Olivier Giroud has exceeded everyone’s expectations this season with his performances for Chelsea. Despite not being the first choice striker, Giroud has maintained utmost professionalism and has delivered on ample occasions when called upon. The 34-year-old has simply been Frank Lampard‘s key player so far this season.
Giroud’s future was put under uncertainty when the Blues signed Timo Werner from RB Leipzig. The German striker was a goal machine in the Bundesliga but has failed to adapt to the Premier League’s demands, and has now gone 11 matches without a goal in the top flight. On the flip side, the former Arsenal striker has three goals in the league, averaging a goal every 145 minutes despite playing just 10 fixtures so far.
His contribution upfront has certainly gone unnoticed as Frank Lampard continues to play the likes of Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner ahead of the 2018 World Cup winner. The lack of minutes has certainly upset Olivier Giroud who is reportedly linked with a move to Juventus, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid, as per reports from AS.
The 34-year-old’s contract is set to expire in June, but the former Arsenal marksman is open to the idea of leaving this winter transfer window itself in search of game time. However, Frank Lampard is keen on holding Giroud back as the Englishman is aware of how handy he can be when needed to break the deadlock.
Olivier Giroud has scored nine goals this season for the Blues in 17 appearances, averaging a goal every 77 minutes which puts him amongst some of the best strikers in the world. A player of his calibre, could potentially sign for a club at the end of the season as a free agent as Chelsea does not plan to renew terms with their striker.
Given the Blues current stance, it seems like Giroud will be making his way out of Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. Former Chelsea boss, Antonio Conte is keen on having the Frenchamn at San Siro as Romelu Lukaku could be on his way to Manchester City in the upcoming summer transfer window.
Juventus are also looking for a striker that could take the burden off Cristiano Ronaldo‘s shoulders. A move to Serie A could be an exciting proposition for Giroud along with the opportunity to play alongside Ronaldo to form a lethal attacking partnership.
Last but not the least, the Frenchman also has the opportunity of signing for Real Madrid this winter. Los Blancos are looking to bring in a striker on a short-term contract after loaning out Luka Jovic. Giroud does fit the category that Zinedine Zidane demands from a striker, however, it is unlikely that he would accept a short term contract as he plans to continue playing late into his thirties.
Olivier Giroud has a wide range of options on his table to choose from at the end of the season. Where would you want to see the former Arsenal striker at next season? Real Madrid, Inter Milan, or Juventus?