Olivier Giroud seems to be on the brink of leaving just a year removed from moving to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal, during the last winter transfer window
The France international is apparently going to switch to Marseille on loan this New Year, before securing a permanent deal when his current contract expires in the summer, according to Le Foot. Maurizio Sarri has, over the past few games, chosen the out-of-form Spaniard Alvaro Morata to lead his attack over Giroud, but that right of choice may be out of his hands if the latter is allowed to depart West London.
The more pertinent question to ask is whether offloading the ex-Montpellier hitman would be a sensible decision, or should Sarri maybe consider allowing Morata to seek pastures anew? Stats, however, show that though the ex-Real Madrid forward endured a horrid maiden campaign in England last season, he is still better than Giroud.
Morata netted 15 goals and contributed six assists in 48 outings last term, as compared to 12 goals and three assists from Giroud. Though the latter averaged a goal every 182 minutes, better than Morata’s goal every 184, the ex-Gunners man scored just 0.27 goals per game as compared to 0.31 for his younger teammate.
Interestingly, by the end of last season, the 32-year-old was firmly first choice under Antonio Conte, and even started the FA Cup final victory over Manchester United. The arrival of Sarri, however, has seen Morata reinstalled as the number one striker at Chelsea, leaving Giroud’s role at the club in big doubt. The 26-year-old Spain international has started eight of Chelsea’s 12 Premier League matches, netting five times and adding another strike in the Europa League.
In the same two days where we've heard that Olivier Giroud is close to joining Marseille, Arnautovic's entourage have confirmed that they're planing the Austrian's departure from West Ham. Coincidence?
Love the guy for the Austrian NT, but I'm not sure this would be a fit. #CFC
— Jimmy Funnell (@JimmyFunnellCFC) November 14, 2018
In the current season, Morata is averaging a goal every 174 minutes, while Giroud’s single goal shows his stat to be a goal every 574 minutes. The latter has endured a bad run in front of goal, and only last week ended a streak of 794 minutes without scoring for Chelsea with the winner against BATE Borisov in Belarus.
That followed a goalless run of 1,000 minutes for either club or country, before Giroud struck in the UEFA Nations League win over Netherlands in September. Added to this, despite being part of the France side which won the World Cup, Giroud did not muster a single shot on target during 546 minutes of action.
The stats show that Chelsea may do the right thing by allowing Giroud to depart, as they are losing little in terms of goal threat. Morata is also more than quipped to take up the slack, though his own inconsistent and recently moody displays may have to be consigned to the past if he is to keep up his place in the starting XI.