SIGNING GIROUD WAS A BACKWARD STEP FOR CHELSEA, CLAIMS FORMER CHELSEA MIDFIELDER

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Former Chelsea midfielder Alan Hudson has claimed signing Olivier Giroud in January from Arsenal was a backward step for Chelsea.

Giroud scored his first goal for Chelsea since May as Chelsea beat BATE Borisov 1-0 on Thursday.

Hudson also believes Alvaro Morata and Giroud are not good enough for Chelsea and feels teams aren’t scared of Chelsea’s strike force.

“When you think of all the top forwards they’ve had over the years I wonder how the fans feel watching Giroud and Morata at the moment,” Hudson said as quoted of Football London.

“I don’t think they’re up to the club’s standards.

“I find it very weird that Giroud’s at Chelsea, to be honest.

“Without wanting to be too negative, I think signing him was a backwards step.

“It felt like a really strange purchase at the time: he couldn’t get in the Arsenal team and then all of a sudden he was playing for Chelsea.

“He might be a World Cup winner but I don’t think that determines whether or not someone is a good player. He’s very short of goals.

“Teams aren’t scared of Chelsea’s strike force anymore when they play them. It’s all about stopping Eden Hazard.”

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