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Opinion: Olivier Giroud should exit Stamford Bridge

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Giroud has led France in Euro 2020 qualification but will have his squad berth taken away if he does not play regularly for Chelsea.

You need goals to state your claim for a national team role. For goals to come, you need minutes on the pitch. Unfortunately for Olivier Giroud, he has neither to show for.

While he has shined fro Les Bleus, the Chelsea forward has only scored once from 7 appearances. Most of his outings have come from the bench and he has only accumulated 282 minutes. He has yet to get over the mark in the Premier League.

Giroud was supposed to lead the lines for Frank Lampard. Tammy Abraham was too young and Michy Batshuayi too inconsistent.

The French ace dislodged Alavro Morata under Maurizio Sarri. He would keep Gonzalo Higuain on the bench during his six month loan. It was his eleven goals that got Chelsea to the Europa League final.

The season has not transpired as he would have hoped. He has struggled with injuries and Tammy Abraham has been in sensational form. The curse of number 9 seems to be over, and the young England international is making his mark at the Stamford Bridge.

Giroud stuck on the bench

It has not bode well for Giroud, who has been consigned to the bench. Even Batshuayi’s energetic displays have put him ahead of the towering Frenchman.

With Euro 2020 on the horizon, the former Arsenal forward needs to rethink his future. France coach Didier Deschamps is unfazed by his situation at Chelsea.

“He is useful and indispensable,” Deschamps said. “He is very effective and made the decision to shoot the penalty. He allows players around him to have goal chances too. Which also explains why he stays with us despite his playing time at Chelsea.”

But for how long. Giroud needs a change of scenery. He needs to get back amongst the goals. He is not going to get that at Chelsea. Even an unfit Tammy Abraham is preferred to start over him.

And Giroud has plenty of suitors seeking his signature. Both Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid are interested in acquiring him. A move would give him minutes on the pitch and he can get assurance over playing time.

France are the reigning world champions and have the best chance of adding the European Championship gong to their honors list.

Karim Benzema is waiting in the wings and has a strong claim to the strikers role, despite his off-field issues. Olivier Giroud cannot make the mistake of letting this opportunity slip.