It is believed that Olivier Giroud will stay at Chelsea beyond this season after the club triggered a one season contract extension.
Guardian and Sky Sports journalist, Fabrizio Romano reported that Giroud’s contract will now run until June 2021.
Romano also alludes to negotiations between Chelsea and Tammy Abraham, with the club aiming to sign the striker until 2025.
With Tammy Abraham already signed until the end of the 2021/22 season and Michy Batshuayi signed until the end of 2020/21, Giroud’s role with the club will likely stay the same.
Since joining Chelsea from Arsenal in January 2018, Giroud has made most of his appearances off the bench.
The Frenchman will turn 34 soon after the next season is scheduled to start. Meaning this could well be his last season in the Premier League.
Often maligned for his lack of productivity, Giroud was pivotal in France’s successful 2018 World Cup campaign. Appearing in six of France’s seven matches throughout the tournament. He did not score and notched up only one assist, but he played his role.
Playing his role in a particular squad is what Giroud has become good at.
Not being the main goal threat, but doing what is asked of him.
Giroud has made nine appearances this Premier League season, with a return of two goals. As well as two European appearances and 90 minutes in the FA Cup win against Liverpool.
Keeping Giroud on at Chelsea does seem like a good move. He is an experienced striker and an experienced depth option.
Meaning he is unlikely to take the starting spot of Abraham but will be ready to come off the bench when needed.
Having Giroud in this role allows younger strikers like Armando Broja and Ike Ugbo to get consistent playing minutes in either PL2 or away on loan, rather than being an unused substitute.