Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was heavily praised by legendary forward Alan Shearer after his performance in the Blues’ 4-0 win over Everton on Sunday. The veteran Frenchman led the line in the absence of Tammy Abraham.
Giroud had a solid game against the Toffees, bagging himself his second league goal of the season.
The Frenchman scored the fourth of the game in the rout, tapping in from close range after a Willian corner.
He also played a part in setting up multiple chances for the Blues, and proved he is more than just a poacher.
The 33-year-old played the game as the sole striker, and constantly tracked back and came deep to collect the ball.
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Speaking on Match of the Day 2, Shearer was full of praise for the Frenchman, claiming he “bullied” Everton’s two centre-backs.
Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side failed to get near Chelsea throughout the game, and defenders Mason Holgate and Michael Keane both had poor games.
Neither defender found it possible to get close to Giroud until the late stages of the game, and Shearer pointed out that it took until the 84th minute for either to get a challenge in when the striker dropped deep.
The ex-Newcastle man explained why he feels Giroud had such a strong impact on the rest of his team-mates.
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“He led the line superbly well,” Shearer said.
“He bullied the two centre-halves in Holgate and Keane.
“They never got near him at all.
“It helps when they stand four or five yards off you, which was a constant all afternoon.
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“His link-up play gave his team fantastic options, bringing other players into the game when they were feeding that ball into him.
“He was too strong for both centre-halves.
“He gave those two defenders a torrid time.
“Absolutely fantastic, he led the line with such aggression, he was superb.”
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