Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has struggled for game time at Stamford Bridge so far this season.
Giroud has admitted to Goal that he is prepared to fight for his place at Chelsea, but if he continues to receive minimal game time he will exit.
“I’m going to fight for my place in Chelsea. The coach knows it. And we will make the decision in January,” Giroud said.
“If I want to leave Chelsea? Not necessarily. But if I need to make a choice… I have some beautiful years in front of me. I’m 33, I still have legs and a good healthy lifestyle and I feel good physically.
“I want to have fun and want to play more games. Chelsea is my priority, but if in the end I’m forced to make a choice, I will do it as when I left Arsenal.”
With Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi both in good form, there is a real fear from supporters that Giroud is destined to continue to have to sit on the bench at Stamford Bridge.
And many Chelsea fans are predicting that the £15 million forward (Daily Star) is going to leave in the new year.
I think Giroud will go in January, he isn’t happy; can’t blame him.— ً (@CFCBrano) October 14, 2019
I feel like he could leave in January, he’s always talking about wanting more gametime which is fair enough.— Jake (@18jc_) October 14, 2019
I don’t think there’s any guarantees for the striker spot ahead of Abraham atm which is a shame for Michy & Giroud. I feel like Giroud will go however.
If Giroud was better than Tammy…. Lampard will definitely start him. Some players just don’t like to compete and the easy way out for them is find a new club with vacant spot.— AlSaEed (@DrAlsaeed_MRI) October 15, 2019
Olivier Giroud, Michy Batshuayi and Tammy Abraham are all scoring goals for fun.— Frankieball (@CFCThug) October 15, 2019
I hope all of them continue to fight for the #9 position. Olivier is a legend. We need a leader like him at the club. Please don’t leave us, Oli G. We love you.
Giroud will leave in Jan, Michy wants to make it here he’ll last the season at least (so long as we don’t buy someone else)— Lewis (@CFCLewis_) October 15, 2019
I can see Giroud leaving in January— Jordan (@itsjntaleCFC) October 15, 2019
If Chelsea are to lose Giroud it could leave them short up-front, as their options are only limited.
With Frank Lampard’s side still under a transfer ban as things stand, Giroud’s departure would leave Abraham and Batshuayi as they only other recognised strikers in their squad.
Abraham currently leads the Premier League’s top scoring charts, so Giroud’s task to displace him looks hugely difficult.
But Lampard may well turn to the French international, if the time comes when he feels the need to add more experience to Chelsea’s line-up.