In Thursday night’s Euro 2020 qualifier between France and Moldova, a common occurrence happened once again.
Olivier Giroud, a man who is very much in the twilight of his career at 33 years of age, bagged yet another goal for his country.
This particular strike handed Didier Deschamps’ side a 2-1 win, as Giroud netted confidently from the penalty spot in the 79th minute.
Impressively, Giroud’s latest goal was his 39th in 96 appearances for France – he is third in the all-time top scorers list behind Thierry Henry and Michel Platini.
What’s the relevance of this for Crystal Palace?
Well, the Eagles have been strongly linked with a January swoop for the former Montpellier and Arsenal man, who is said to be unhappy at Stamford Bridge due to his lack of playing time under Frank Lampard.
The Telegraph reports that the Blues are open to selling the veteran striker, who is keen to leave in order to secure his spot in Deschamps’ XI for the European Championship next summer.
While it remains to be seen if Giroud leaves, the 6 foot 4 striker’s latest goal and his overall record for France bodes well for any potential doubts Palace might have over signing him.
One might argue that Giroud is too old, and may also question if he can still perform at the highest level.
Well, to ease concerns such as those, it is encouraging to see that Deschamps still trusts him to start almost every game for France, even when the nation has talents such as Alexandre Lacazette, Anthony Martial, Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Wissam Ben Yedder, who could very easily take his spot.
In addition to the fact that he is chosen to start for one of the most gifted nations in terms of attacking talent, France are also World Cup winners – it speaks volumes that he is still entrusted to do the business at the highest level despite his age and the sheer quality of the competition surrounding him.
Almost everything that the 33-year-old does on the pitch tends to ooze class, and if there were any doubts about bringing Giroud to Selhurst Park, it should now have been eradicated.