The 35-year-old Frenchman joined the club on July 2021 from Chelsea in a deal worth around €1m and he justified this minor fee in his debut season, scoring 11 goals in 29 Serie A appearances as the Rossoneri went on to lift their first league title in a decade. Giroud has started this season in a similar fashion, netting three in the opening six games of the campaign.
When Giroud joined last year, many fans assumed he’d play a low-key role as an experienced backup option, able to rotate with Ibrahimovic, but instead he’s take the number nine shirt in Milan with pride, being a focal point for Stefano Pioli’s side.
The 2018 World Cup winner has appeared in every game this season for Milan and now that it’s become clear that Origi’s injury is more serious than initially predicted, the Frenchman has become even more important in the Lombardy capital.
Ante Rebic is not expected to be fit in time to face either Dinamo Zagreb or Napoli this week, meaning Giroud will again be called upon to lead the Rossoneri line as they try to navigate through the choppy waters of their slight injury crisis.
At 35, Giroud is showing no signs of slowing down and the classy Frenchman is now Pioli’s main man as Milan look to defend their Scudetto, making that €1m fee look like the biggest bargain in recent memory.