It's been just over a year since Olivier Giroud made his transfer across London from Arsenal to Chelsea and it's pretty fair to say it hasn't gone to plan on a personal level. The Blues paid £18m for the man who netted 105 goals in 253 for the Gunners and so far he's struggled to deliver the same consistency which has put his future in doubt slightly.
The Frenchmen has scored 15 times in 52 appearances since moving to the blue half of the capital which has led to their hesitation to extend the 18 month contract he originally signed. Chelsea's reluctance to offer deals to players over the age of 30 has been highly publicised in recent years and now at the age of 32, Giroud's future in London looks pretty bleak.
He was originally signed by Antonio Conte, a manager whom he won The FA Cup with last term, but under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri he's found life very difficult. He began the campaign battling with Alvaro Morata for a spot in the starting XI and despite the Spaniard departing for Atletico Madrid in January, opportunities are still hard to come by.
The arrival of Gonzalo Higuain at the back-end of the winter transfer window, a favourite of Sarri, has seen him restricted to appearances mainly in the Europa League - where he's been prolific. He's the leading goalscorer in the competition with 9 goals to his name but unfortunately for him it hasn't led to any starts in the Premier League.
The last time he featured in a starting XI in the top flight came back on 30th December when the Blues rolled out 1-0 winners over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park which speaks volumes. But Higuain is clearly in the driving seat at the moment despite scoring just 3 goals in 10 appearances and Giroud is visibly unhappy at his lack of action, especially with the form he's producing in the Europa League.