Antonio Conte seems to have rejuvenated the sleeping giant that is Inter Milan, back to where they should be. However, to sustain this title charge, he will need to bolster his squad. After Alexis Sanchez suffered a potentially long-term injury, Conte has turned to a tried and trusted face in Olivier Giroud.
“As you know very well I needed a player with this characteristic, strong physically and hold the ball up and make the number 10 with combinations.”Conte on Giroud when he signed for Chelsea 2018
According to Fabrizio Romano, the Frenchman had agreed personal terms with the Italians. But nothing progressed from there. Until now, where Sky Sports are reporting the deal is back on, with the Nerazzurri set to make a fresh bid. In my opinion, it is highly likely that Chelsea will look to cash in on Olivier Giroud. With the 6ft3 forward looking to cement his place in France’s Euro 2020 squad with a move away from Stamford Bridge, it is in all parties’ interest to strike a deal.
Why the move makes sense
Antonio Conte actually signed Giroud before he was sacked at Chelsea, showing that he has a certain affinity for Olivier. Now with Conte at Inter, Giroud will be able to offer a reliable option off the bench when rotation is needed. It is important to occasionally rest the main pairing of Lautaro Martinez and Romelu Lukaku. Giroud has proven before that he can deputise very well and fit in seamlessly. A prime example of this was during Chelsea’s run through the Europa League in 2018/19. Giroud had 15 goal contributions in 14 Europa League appearances, with an average WhoScored rating of 7.57.
Giroud seems to be out of the picture at Stamford Bridge, with Lampard favouring Abraham and Batshuayi. This is exemplified by the fact that he has only played 192 minutes this season in the Premier League. ONE HUNDRED AND NINETY TWO. A player of Giroud’s calibre should warrant more game time than this. Therefore, it was an inevitability that Giroud would look elsewhere and Lampard seems to have conceded this.
Olivier Giroud – How he would fit in
Considering the chemistry that Martinez and Lukaku have at this current moment in time, it is highly likely that Giroud will play as a third fiddle to the pair. However to sustain a title charge against the mighty Juventus, Conte will need all the help he can get. Giroud offers much more creativity than your typical target man.
Knowing each other from their time at Chelsea, you would anticipate Giroud will be able to fit in quite easily. This could be invaluable in case the Nerazzurri see one of the front two fall off form, or get injured. With Sanchez out, Conte is desperate for a reliable option, and in Olivier Giroud, he may have found the perfect option. A big game player who never causes a stir. He is bound to play more in Milan than in London – it’s not hard when he’s played less than 200 minutes.
The fact Olivier has played under Conte before should not be overlooked. With Giroud looking to hold his place in the France squad, it would not be good timing to move to a new country and league.
All in all, this is a smart transfer from the Inter Milan hierarchy and could be one that we look back upon IF Inter Milan do go onto win their first Scudetto since 2010. You never know, it could be an Olivier Giroud overhead kick in the pivotal fixture against Juve on 1st March that proves the difference. You wouldn’t put it past him…
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