Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has struggled to make an impression on Maurizio Sarri so far this season, but it’s reported he will continue to push for a starting berth.
The French international doesn’t arguably fit in with the style of play that the Italian tactician is looking to implement at Stamford Bridge, thus leading to Alvaro Morata being given the nod thus far.
It was a similar scenario at Napoli where Arkadiusz Milik struggled to break into the starting line-up on a regular basis under Sarri, although perhaps similarly to Giroud, they do have a role to play in offering a Plan B if required.
According to The Mirror though, the World Cup winner is prepared to remain at Chelsea to fight for a spot in the starting XI as opposed to seeking an exit before Friday’s transfer deadline in Europe.
It’s even suggested that he could get ahead of Morata in the queue to start against Bournemouth this weekend, although it remains to be seen whether or not that decision materialises.
Given Chelsea are in good form right now having won all three of their Premier League games to this point, it would be surprising to see Sarri make any changes unless forced upon him and Morata did score in the win over Arsenal which should give him some confidence moving forward.
Time will tell though if it’s the right decision from Giroud to stay and battle for minutes, while given the lack of out-and-out options of a striker playing up top, it would undoubtedly be a risk for Sarri to let him leave now when Chelsea can’t sign a replacement.
Playing Eden Hazard up front is another option of course, similarly to how Sarri used Dries Mertens at Napoli, and so it looks as though he has a healthy amount of options available to him moving forward with the Blues looking to compete on multiple fronts.