Despite losing his starting position at Chelsea, Olivier Giroud sent out a real message in midweek with yet another brilliant performance on the international stage for France.
The experienced centre-forward scored twice in a 7-1 hammering of Ukraine in the friendly match and that now makes him France’s second-highest goalscorer of all time, with Thierry Henry the only man above him.
Giroud, who was earning a 100th cap for his country, scored his first goal on Wednesday night with a stunning effort from outside the box that he curled into the top corner with his favoured left foot.
The 34-year-old then added another with an inventive diving header, as he reacted smartly to a save from the goalkeeper.
He may be a real hero on the international stage, but he’s lost his starting role at Chelsea this season following the arrival of players like Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Giroud finished last season as a regular Chelsea starter with five goals in the final six league matches and so far in the new campaign he’s only featured once in the top-flight off the bench.
There is real competition for the striker position at Stamford Bridge with Werner and Tammy Abraham in the mix, but £18million man (BBC) Giroud certainly sent out a message that he shouldn’t be overlooked.
Blues manager Frank Lampard is well aware of the forward’s qualities in linking up play and being a natural finisher, so it will be interesting to see if he can push for a first league start.
Chelsea return to action after the international break with a home fixture against Southampton, who are a team that Giroud has an incredible recent record against.
He’s scored four goals in his last four games against them across all competitions and his position in the Chelsea squad remains an important one.