Olivier Giroud praises Calvert Lewin's aerial quality ahead of Chelsea's trip to Everton

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud praised Everton ace Dominic Calvert-Lewin ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash at Goodison Park.

With five goals in his last two starts, Giroud is likely to lead the line for Chelsea once again at the weekend.

At 34, Giroud may not have the pace or the agility other younger strikers possess, like his Chelsea teammate Timo Werner, for example. But his link-up play and aerial prowess make him a player any team would like in their team, considering target men have become rare in recent years.

Giroud even thinks the art of heading has been slightly lost in the modern game because of the decreasing number of out-and-out target men.

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“Yeah, because you will find [fewer] strikers like my type, a bit old-fashioned who like to head the ball,” he told Chelsea’s official website.

“Like Alan Shearer before. Now it’s more about dribbling with pace, but crossing is still very important so you have to be ready to hit the ball with the head.

“Sometimes you don’t have another option.”

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Giroud highlighted Calvert-Lewin’s aerial threat

Interestingly, Giroud thinks Calvert-Lewin is among those few top target men at the moment,

“It’s still very important, especially in the Premier League,” he added.

“Calvert-Lewin for example is doing great in the air, so there are a few, but not many.”

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The England international has certainly been showing how effective a target man could be.

Calvert-Lewin is currently leading the Premier League goal-scoring chart with 11 goals – and four of those were with his head.

Chelsea also have their own attacking aerial threat in Kurt Zouma, who has already bagged three headed goals in the Premier League.

The aerial battle between Calvert-Lewin and Zouma on Saturday is certainly going to be something to look forward to.

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