Olivier Giroud joined Chelsea in the winter transfer window last year, and the Frenchman has proven to be an important player for Chelsea.
Upon signing for the Blues last year, he ousted Alvaro Morata as the club’s first choice striker and helped the Blues win the FA Cup trophy, playing a very important role in that competition.
It has been a tough season so far for Giroud, as he has played second fiddle for most part of the campaign under new boss Maurizio Sarri. Having beaten Morata to the number one striking role at the start of the season, Giroud then lost his place to Eden Hazard as Sarri chose to play Hazard as a striker.
Sarri stuck with Hazard in that role despite the Belgian struggling to play as a false nine in most games, and he opted to sign Gonzalo Higuain on loan in January until the end of the season. Giroud has yet to make a Premier League start since January and has lost his place to the Argentine.
However Giroud proved his worth as he bagged a hat-trick on Thursday night in the 5-0 thrashing of Dynamo Kiev in the Europa League.
Giroud is currently the competition’s top striker, and he has rejected the idea of being a second choice striker, insisting that he still has what it takes to play at the top level.
The World Cup winner told reporters: “No chance [I will deputise for another striker]. I’m a competitor. I have been through a lot of tough moments in my career. I want to enjoy playing my football after winning the World Cup last summer.
“I want to take maximum pleasure on the pitch. That’s why when I play I try to enjoy the game as much as I can. I want to play every single game and to be happy on the pitch. But I am not picking the team. The manager makes some choices.”
At 32, the Frenchman said he feels “very well physically” and feels as if he’s still 20.
He continued: “Some of the boys asked me why I didn’t retire after the World Cup with the national team, but I’m still hungry, and I know how much I will miss football after my career. I want more and more. I think I have a few nice years in front of me.
“I don’t know how many, my body will tell me. I still feel as fresh as when I was in my 20s. I remember all of my hat-tricks, but this one was important because it was an international game in the Europa League.”