Would Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud be a good fit for Everton?
BBC Sport pundit Micah Richards thinks that Olivier Giroud would be ‘ideal’ for Everton, as he also claimed that had the Chelsea striker been at Goodison Park now then they’d be challenging for the top-six.
Everton are currently hovering above the relegation zone as problems are mounting, left, right and centre for manager Marco Silva, including his inability to find someone who can put the ball into the back of the net on a regular basis.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin qualities lie away from putting the ball into the back of the net, Richarlison can score a goal but he isn’t a natural number nine, summer signing Moise Kean is still finding his feet, whilst Cenk Tosun is behind the trio.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live (04/11/19), former Manchester City defender Richards admitted that he is ‘shocked’ at Everton’s current situation, as he also thinks that Goodison Park has lost its mojo.
“On paper, they have got enough to get out of this,” Richards told BBC Radio 5 Live. “It’s strange to see Everton in this situation because whenever I went to Goodison, it was always a tough place to go. Now, teams are going there and playing however they want to play. There’s no real urgency about the players. No-one seems to be closing down. I am shocked to see it because the team on paper is very good.
“Where they have been a bit short is upfront. They’ve had pressure on Calvert-Lewin to go score the goals. Moise Kean from Juventus and he’s only young, as well. Tosun’s not really been scoring either. They don’t ever have seemed to have replaced Lukaku.
“I think Giroud was available before he went to Chelsea. I thought that would be an ideal fit for a stop-gap for two years before they go and spend the money for the striker that they really need – If they had bought Giroud then I would have said yes [they’d be challenging for top-six]. It’s too hard now. He would have brought that bit of quality up front.”
Giroud, who joined Chelsea from Arsenal for £18 million during the January transfer window of 2018 [BBC Sport], is now back-up to the high-flying Tammy Abraham at Stamford Bridge.
Nonetheless, for Everton, the likes of Kean will be given time to prove their worth, but in the meantime, will other players step up and score the goals for Everton because the pressure is mounting on their manager.
They are in the quarter-finals of the League Cup, so at this moment in time, that is dampening the pressure around the place, but that doesn’t mean they can allow their Premier League form to continually dip.