Opinion: Crystal Palace should make audacious move for the soon-to-be out-of-contract Olivier Giroud

Crystal Palace should make an audacious swoop for soon-to-be out-of-contract Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who would undoubtedly solve their issues in attack and give them a focal point up front to play off.

What’s the word, then? 

It goes without saying that the Eagles need a striker. Desperately. Christian Benteke is struggling with injuries and hasn’t found the back of the net since April, in which even that strike was a penalty handed to him out of sympathy by Luka Milivojevic.

The £30m man isn’t expected to be back until the New Year, where there is no guarantee he will be a saviour upon his return. Other options, such as Alexander Sorloth, Jordan Ayew and Connor Wickham simply cannot be relied on for goals.

Wickham has been out injured for approximately two years, having uncountable setbacks along the way, whereas Sorloth and Ayew have never found the back of the net for the south Londoners in the Premier League – you could say in all competitions but for the Norwegian striker’s solitary League Cup strike.

What would Giroud bring to Palace?

If there was ever a striker that seemed tailor-made to the Eagles, it is Giroud. A huge feature of Palace’s play is their ability on the flanks in Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend – the problem is getting the ball to them in attacking areas.

With the World Cup winning forward in the side, Roy Hodgson would have a target man who excels at holding the ball up and playing incisive flicks to his teammates, and also elevates the performances of those around him.

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You may be thinking that a move for the 32-year-old would be a stretch for the relegation battlers, but the fact that Giroud is out of contract in the summer, and with the Blues presumably not looking to extend his deal, there could be the possibility that Chelsea cash in for a fee rather than lose him for nothing.

The 6’4″ striker would undoubtedly become a cult hero at Selhurst Park, and fans would fall in love with him thanks to his tendency to score astonishing wonder-goals, like his stunning free-kick for the Blues on Thursday night, on frequent occasions. Additionally, the Eagles need instant goals and cannot sign someone who will need time to settle; Giroud has over 200 Premier League appearances for two London clubs, and would be an immediate hit at another side from the capital in Palace.