Olivier Giroud’s arrival at Chelsea in January sparked a negative reaction from plenty of supporters.
The West London outfit were linked with numerous forward players throughout the month, but they eventually landed the hitman from Arsenal.
So far, Giroud has had to settle for the position as back-up striker, much like he did in his final few seasons at Arsenal.
In six appearances in all competitions for the Blues, the Frenchman is yet to play a full 90 minutes.
Giroud has found the back of the net, though, and also has three assists to his name.
In the late kickoff on Saturday, the 31-year-old was handed a starting spot, but was substituted after 72 minutes.
Despite failing to score in Chelsea’s 2-1 victory, Giroud impressed plenty of fans, who felt that he was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet following numerous attempts.
With a crucial Champions League last-16 tie against Barcelona coming up next week, many supporters feel that the forward should be picked by manager Antonio Conte instead of Alvaro Morata, who has not scored in any of his last 11 appearances.
Thoughts from todays win
– Should have won by more
– Giroud needs to start on Wednesday
– Get the defensive errors out the way before Barca
– Willian's best scoring season ever
– Palace fans were excellent, best all season at the bridge#CFC #CHECRY
— Matt (@MattKeir93) March 10, 2018
— Ahmed Affan (@affan_ahmed11) March 10, 2018
We have to start Giroud over Morata on Wednesday, it’s no coincidence that as soon as the sub was made we could not sustain attack’s as Morata cannot hold the ball up. He didn’t score but Giroud impressed me #cfc
— Tom Simpson (@DasherTS) March 10, 2018
After seeing tonight's game, one thing is for sure, that Giroud needs to start against Barca .He did everything perfect except getting on scoresheet. Could've easily had a couple on another day. #CFC
— Devendra Sukhwani (@DSukhwani) March 10, 2018
— A visual & audio genius (@Ballie_Keys) March 10, 2018
Really impressed with #Giroud since he has joined! Links up well should of scored but I don’t care as long as he getting in the right places unlike a hazard false 9 or a falling over morata #CHECRY #CFC
— pinkster 2️⃣6️⃣👑 (@THECFCNUTTER) March 10, 2018
Giroud has to start in the Nou Camp #CFC
— Randle K. (@KezRandle) March 10, 2018
Start Giroud in Barcelona ffs. We won’t, but I can say it. #CFC
— Chelsea Activity (@ChelseaActivity) March 10, 2018
— mohamed Azezi (@hamodehazizi) March 10, 2018