Chelsea went into the transfer market looking for a striker, and ended up with Olivier Giroud, as fellow striker Michy Batshuayi moved to Borussia Dortmund on loan for the rest of the campaign.
And while the 31-year-old offers Chelsea much-needed Premier League experience in attack, Chelsea legend Graeme Le Saux believes Giroud does not provide a Plan B to first-choice striker Alvaro Morata.
Le Saux also thinks that Conte’s touchline exuberance and not letting the players relax – had disappeared.
“People say nothing should surprise you in football but Chelsea’s result against Bournemouth hit me for six,” Le Saux told Betfair.
“Not to take anything away from Eddie Howe’s men but it seemed to me that everything you normally associate with an Antonio Conte side – touchline exuberance and not letting the players relax – had disappeared.
“They’ve obviously brought in Olivier Giroud and he brings quality and importantly a track record of scoring goals in the Premier League, something that Batshuayi couldn’t.
“But ultimately for me, he doesn’t offer a huge amount that Morata doesn’t already bring to the table.
“However Wednesday’s result made it look like there was much more than just a cutting edge up front missing.”