Former Blackburn Rovers striker Chris Sutton has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho should have made a move for Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window, per BBC 606 (February 22nd, 28:08).
The former Blues boss complained after his side’s 2-1 loss to the Blues on Saturday that he simply didn’t have any strikers, with both Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min “in the hospital”.
Sutton, though, thinks that he had the opportunity to bring in the France international and should have taken it.
Indeed, Football FanCast sources confirmed in January that the club did pursue a move for Giroud, though no deal materialised due to a number of factors, including Chelsea’s inability to sign a replacement.
The World Cup winner, of course, scored at Stamford Bridge at the weekend.
Sutton said: “Well, I mean, okay, Harry Kane’s injured.
“Did he have the option of bringing somebody in in January? Well, course he did. Olivier Giroud.
“Why didn’t he make a play for Olivier Giroud, (instead of) moaning about Chelsea having lots of strikers? You know he had the option of bringing somebody in.”
This isn’t quite the right take from Sutton.
Sources confirmed that Giroud was open to a move to Spurs and they were trying to make it happen up until transfer deadline day.
However, there was a hitch, with Frank Lampard’s side desperately trying to bring in a replacement.
That they couldn’t is not Mourinho’s fault so this does not feel like the correct stick to beat the Portuguese with.
He was not at fault for the failure to sign Giroud; perhaps Spurs were wrong to wait as long as they did to try to bring him in but the man who has the power there is chairman Daniel Levy, not Mourinho.