Chelsea manager Antonio Conte claims that the signing of Olivier Giroud is a huge bonus for Alvaro Morata due to a number of reasons. Chelsea made the decision to send Michy Batshuayi on a temporary move, while also spending £18 million on Giroud. The 31-year-old provides a lot of experience to this Chelsea team, but he is also seen as a different kind of player to Morata. While the £70 million star is all about pace and running behind the defence, Giroud can hold up the ball and bring others into play.
The need for a different approach does not signal a lower confidence in Morata, according to Conte. After making a fabulous start to his Chelsea career, Morata has been able to score only two goals in his last 10 appearances. Even though Giroud is yet to score in his two games, the influence of the Frenchman became apparent when he helped Eden Hazard open the scoring against West Brom. Conte said:
“Alvaro is a player with a good responsibility and a good maturity. The competition is good for the team. A great team must have competition in every position.
“Giroud is a good option. He is very strong and powerful and he can help us for the rest of the season.”
The alarming decline in form of Morata comes as a huge surprise, as it was expected that the Spaniard would relish his role as a regular player in the Chelsea first-team. Especially after the start with the Spaniard, the current slump in form is a huge blow for Chelsea. His lack of form has certainly contributed to Chelsea dropping out of the top four places. Colossus Bets Website do not place the reigning champions as favourites for a top four positions come the end of the campaign.
Giroud does not require time to settle into the English Premier League, but he will sometimes in order to adjust to Chelsea’s different style of play. However, it is pretty evident from the game against West Brom that Giroud will be more about bringing others into play rather than directly featuring in the scoresheet. Morata will still get his games and may continue as the first choice striker. The Spaniard will then benefit from the additional rest that will help perform better.
Chelsea have struggled for form throughout the campaign, but there is still a possibility of revival with the team still involved in the Champions League.