Not every footballer is meant to be a striker. Some abilities should go hand in hand for a footballer to emerge as a striker. Olivier Giroud needs to increase his ability in front of the goal is of the kind who, with his exemplary performances makes a mark as a striker. This French footballer took charge of rescuing his national as well as the domestic teams in many crucial matches. But the expectations regarding the number of goals he can score for teams in the recent times did not match the performances. So questions popped up as to whether he should continue or be replaced.
Giroud’s succes from the very beginning goes hand in hand with the abilities he has. He can play with both legs and engage many of his teammates with 67% passing accuracy. In the 2015 Premier League, the France International scored 24 goals out of which, 16 were league goals. His minute per goal ratio is also good. On an average, Giroud scores one goal for every 89 minutes he plays. Throughout his professional career, he has one goal for every 2.5 matches he plays. Rather, the average is better when compared to top players like Ian Wright, Thierry Henry, etc. But sometimes it so happens that the very best players may not live upto the expectations.
Olivier Giroud needs to increase his ability in front of the goal
Looking back, Giroud started his playing career at his hometown club for a few years. When he was thirteen, 2005, Giroud began his professional football career with Grenoble in the Ligue 2. Later in 2008, he joined Tours where he scored 21 goals in his second season with the club. With this, he earned his place in the Montpellier team. In the 2011-12 season, he scored 21 goals for the club, helping them to a first Ligue 1 title in the process. Coming to the national team, he attended the training camp for the national youth team in 2001, for the Under-16 team. But he was never called back to play the matches.
After a long wait, his dream of representing the French national team came true in 2011 when the then coach Laurent Blanc suggested his name as a striker. In 2012, he scored his first international goal against Germany. Soon, he joined Arsenal. So, one can say, he has been a pretty influential footballer in Europe as a whole. He had an impact on all teams the he was a part of; Granoble, Tours, Montpellier, Arsenal. He was the first person to reach 50 Premier League goals for Arsenal. The Bronze Boot Award is yet another recognition he got for the second highest goal scorer in UEFA Euro 2016. Despite all these, there is a lot more that is expected of him and he needs to increase his goal tally and put in improved performances.
As a celebrity, he is loved by many people. He has good understanding with his team mates and never been involved in arguments and fights. Till now, he has never been subjected to criticism by any media personnel or a particular media organization. The very fact that he is always the one who is welcomed by all his teammates makes it clear that he had a good rapport with the team. According to his fellow players, he has a natural appetite for goals as a striker. He can score with either foot and is strong aerially. His physicality and height make him an added asset in set pieces. So the possibility of reinventing himself as a great footballer is not impossible and I’m sure he will end his career as one of Arsenal’s best ever players. He just needs to increase his ability in front of the goal.