Olivier Giroud has been quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that he is not happy with his lack of game time at Chelsea under Frank Lampard – and Everton have finally got to land the Frenchman’s signature.
Giroud, 33, joined Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018 for £18million (BBC Sport) on a deal that would see him remain at Stamford Bridge until June 2019. The Blues activated a one-year extension, keeping him at Chelsea until June 2020.
However, Frank Lampard has chosen to start Tammy Abraham up front and use Michy Batshuayi as his first replacement – rather than using the veteran French target man. It is clear that Lampard is using youth to take Chelsea forward.
Giroud has been afforded just 191 minutes of football spread across five outings this season, and the former Montpellier striker is not impressed at his lack of game time. He has stated that he will address the situation in January.
“I’m going to fight for my place and we will take stock of the situation in January,” Giroud said. “If you ask me whether I want to leave I’ll say ‘not necessarily’ – but other things enter the equation. I cannot be happy with what I have at the moment.”
So, surely it is time for Everton to act. The Toffees came within inches of landing Giroud from Arsenal the window before Chelsea lured him across London. Ronald Koeman told the BBC he had Giroud “in the building”.
But a move did not materialise, as Koeman looked to replace the sale of Romelu Lukaku. Everton are still yet to do that. Moise Kean joined from Juventus but he is struggling. Dom Calvert-Lewin is not seen as the man to fire Everton into the top six.
Everton have got to offer Giroud an escape route in January, on loan or even a bargain permanent deal. The Frenchman will be available for a bargain fee given his contract expires at the end of the season. Everton can finally get their man.