Don’t judge Giroud on goals alone, former Chelsea striker hits back at Michael Owen

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Olivier Giroud may not be the top scorer in the team or bang in goals week in week out, but his contribution to the team cannot be swept aside.

Former Newcastle and Liverpool striker Michael Owen, recently played down Giroud’s recent form by saying he’s not an elite striker who can win Chelsea the league. Owen even looked back to when Giroud didn’t score a goal in the World Cup for France.

Giroud is still an important player for France, and former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink has insisted that the Frenchman shouldn’t be judged on goals alone, but his overall impact on the team.

“He’s not been scoring regularly but he’s been doing other things well, making other people play better and letting other people score more goals,” the Dutchman told Premier League Productions.

“When you have a successful team we always look at the striker scoring 30 goals. But he is not that kind of person. Yes, he scored in midweek four goals but it hasn’t happened that often. If you look how many hat-tricks he has, I don’t think he has a lot of hat-tricks but he does make other people around him play better.

“I don’t think he is that kind of player [who should be judged on how many goals he scores]. We all have our strengths and I think that is his strength, making other people play better.

“And of late he’s scoring also more and important goals. Today, 1-0… he scores a lot of 1-0s, 1-1s, 2-1s and not a lot of strikers do that. The strikers that score 1-0 and important goals, those are the strikers that you want.”

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