Stuck in a frustrating situation, this World Cup-winning striker could benefit from a move to Newcastle United.
Newcastle United have searched over the past decade for a consistent striker. This season, they are reaping the benefits of the steady production of Callum Wilson. But, the club could be a landing spot for a player with nearly 250 EPL appearances that can help provide some additional scoring.
According to The Athletic, Olivier Giroud’s time at Chelsea may be coming to an end as he pushes for a move in January. He’s frustrated by a lack of playing time that’s threatening his place with the French national team for next summer’s UEFA Euro 2020 competition. Despite Giroud scoring twice for France today, his place in the tournament squad is uncertain according to Didier Deschamps. The 34-year-old has only appeared in three EPL matches this season.
While there will certainly be numerous suitors for Giroud, Newcastle United would make for an attractive destination. At times this season, Steve Bruce has elected to start two strikers up top. Without a healthy Dwight Gayle, he’s been stuck relying on either Andy Carroll or Joelinton playing next to Wilson.
If the Magpies can sign the former Arsenal man, they could use him to spell Wilson or plug him in as his striking partner. In 241 Premier League appearances, Giroud has proven to be a reliable player up top. He has 28 assists to go with 86 goals and he’s a physical presence.
It’s unlikely that Newcastle would pursue Giroud on a permanent move, but a loan move could make sense for both sides. He could close out the season with consistent appearances, and Newcastle United would have a bonafide EPL striker to play with or behind Callum Wilson.