And in the time he came in for Giroud, his record in the last 20 game was pretty similar, and his effect on our play was worse…despite having like 6 more years of top level football under his belt.
Easy for people to laugh right now, but all of the worthwhile posters at the time agreed there was little difference between Sanogo and Giroud–so bad was Giroud in this time–and many argued for Sanogo’s inclusion as I did.
Either way, the irony of people spouting utter myth about Giroud laughing at anything…
I invite you guys to look at these three pages (the offensive/+passing) parts and play a game of ‘which one doesn’t belong.’ If you have any interest in looking at actual objective data instead of spouting myth, you can also have a look at people like Benteke for Villa, Lambert for Southampton, or any other mediocre counterpart to Giroud, and see how much his numbers look much more like theirs (especially if you adjust for the difference in club stature) than the former two:
This is without going into the actual observational evidence of the negative impacts of Giroud’s play, such as a) slow thought process breaking down faster moves (this is reflected in his bad touches/PS %/dispossessed as well, tbf) b) Lack of any pace whatsoever allowing defences to play a higher line and limit the space in which our mediapuntas/wingers have in which to work + dropping too deep and further compressing said space c) lack of dribbling ability whatsoever, or ability to hold up the ball, to either retain possession effectively or beat a man to improve possession/chances of danger d) invitation to take the cop out of inherently poor plays for teammates-- that is, hoofing it/playing too directly/making poor hopeful Ox crosses.
Fact is, those who argue that Giroud’s ‘link-up play’ or general effect outside his goal-scoring is anything other than deficient haven’t a leg to stand on.
If Ox for us was an attribute player, Giroud is the epitome of a highlight reel player; even a minimal amount of investigation into his actual ability/effect on play reveals a deficient player, but because he has a penchant for some highlight reel involvements from time to time his myth lives on.