Everton were in hot pursuit of Olivier Giroud during the summer transfer window of 2017, but they eventually missed out on the France international as Chelsea swooped in to conclude a permanent deal. With a dependable striker still desperately needed at Goodison Park, now is the time to revive their interest.
The sale of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United left the Toffees without a recognised talisman, and they are yet to effectively replace the club’s all-time top goalscorer in the Premier League.
Cenk Tosun was brought in by Sam Allardyce in January 2018 and has been an almighty flop so far. The striker’s performances have been so tepid that even Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a player who has effectively been a glorified Bambi on ice for most of his career, has managed to cement a place at the spearhead of Marco Silva’s attack.
But signs are beginning to emerge which suggest there is a decent player lurking behind his awkward, gangly approach and incredibly suspect finishing ability – unless the ball is planted firmly on his head.
Calvert-Lewin’s physique and playing style fit the description of a quintessential target man, just like Giroud. With that said, Everton should reignite their interest in the soon-to-be free agent to hand the Englishman a dream mentor.
The 32-year-old has been lauded as potentially the world’s best target man by Eden Hazard, per Daily Mail, a claim which a series of fine performances at the World Cup certainly attested to.
Whatever Giroud lacks in pace he more than makes up for in intelligent positioning, intricate link-up, finishing, strength and aerial dominance. These are the qualities which could and should form the nucleus of Calvert-Lewin’s game, so why not bring one of the world’s best to the club to take Everton’s academy product under his wing?
Naturally, it would be fair to assume that Giroud may be tempted by the lure of astronomical wages away from the Premier League in places like China and the USA, but there is a sense that he has unfinished business in English football.
Just a few weeks ago Didier Deschamps revealed that Giroud wants more game time, per Sky Sports. With a vacancy clearly begging to be filled by a proven goalscorer in Silva’s attack, the club’s hierarchy should be enticed by the idea of completing a cunning free transfer for a player who would bring the best out of Calvert-Lewin in the long-term and provide a magnetic focal point in attack for the immediate future.
In a transfer market which seldom offers genuine value for money, Giroud is an exception that cannot be ignored by Everton almost two years on from their last reported pursuit.