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Man United warning: Olivier Giroud doesn’t actually need to score goals

first_img Giroud brings out the best in players around him BEST OF REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Premier League assists this season ADVICE Olivier Giroud is the guy who holds the door open and never receives any thanks, forever under-appreciated.The Chelsea frontman is king of the thankless task, providing the tools for others to succeed without claiming his fair share of the glory. RANKED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Johan Berg Gudmundsson (Burnley) – four assistsOlivier Giroud (Chelsea) – four assistsJose Holebas (Watford) – four assistsBenjamin Mendy (Man City) – four assistsLuciano Vietto (Fulham) – four assistsCallum Wilson (Bournemouth) – four assists 3 REVEALED Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY center_img 3 Giroud was France’s no. 9 for throughout their World Cup triumph 3 Giroud has a special relationship with Hazard Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions He is yet to score this season and, to many, that’s a problem. Strikers are, as we’re so often told, judged on goals.However, nobody in the Premier League can boast more assists than Giroud after the opening eight games.Ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Stamford Bridge, the French World Cup winner has created four goals this campaign – equal to the number scored by Cardiff and Huddersfield. After Morata rounded off an incredible 31-pass goal against Southampton, Sarri said: “Is this how I want my team to play? Something like this.“We moved the ball very quick. I think one touch, maximum two touches and we arrived at the goal so easily. I think it’s my football.“It was my favourite goal and I can see my football in this.”But until that fully materialises, Giroud will keep Chelsea’s attacking machine running, because there is more to his game that just putting the ball in the net.And it’s about time he started getting some credit for it. Of course Chelsea fans would like him to contribute, but not at the expense of Hazard’s brilliance. Giroud’s current role as creator comes from a deeper position which allows Hazard closer to goal.The former Arsenal man possesses the skill and awareness to influence a game without getting himself on the scoresheet, much like Harry Kane did for England against Spain on Monday.And what’s more, Giroud has provided the perfect antidote to Alvaro Morata’s goalscoring woes as he allows Maurizio Sarri’s men to function perfectly without a prolific striker.It’s no secret that Sarri’s dream Chelsea features Morata running in behind and firing on all cylinders. That’s his job, the man who makes everyone else look good. Eden Hazard recently described Giroud as a ‘point of reference’, the vital cog in his supercar.Hazard, the Premier League’s top scorer and Player of the Month for September, has benefited from a striker whose primary role is to make him flourish.And the Belgian knows exactly where the credit is due, hailing Giroud as the best target man in world football. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade no dice LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow last_img read more