Michael Owen still not convinced by Giroud

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud just can’t stop scoring, and he has proven time and again that he can produce the goods when it matters most.

Giroud scored a very important goal against Rennes, and then followed it up with four against Sevilla, before scoring the leveller in the 3-1 win over Leeds United on Sunday.

However, former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Michael Owen has revealed that he is not still convinced Giroud is an elite player.

Owen hailed the qualities of the Frenchman, but doesn’t rate him as a striker who can win you the league.

“He is an all-round player, isn’t he,” Owen told Premier League Productions.

“He doesn’t set your pulse racing because he hasn’t got electric pace, he doesn’t do the exciting things. He doesn’t beat five players and smack it in the top corner but he’s a very, very functional player who adds so much to the team.

“He can hold the ball up, you can bounce off him, he scores goals. But hang on a minute, he has been around 10 odd years. Why did Arsenal let him go?

“Why have Chelsea rarely played him? He was close to leaving a season or so ago because there was a World Cup at the end and all these reasons, he had to start playing. A lot of top managers haven’t started him consistently.

“It’s not to say he’s a bad player but we’re talking elite, elite, elite to win the Premier League. You need one of the best few in the world.”

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