With Ibrahimovic and Origi injured, Giroud is Milan’s main man

As Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Divock Origi remain sidelined with injury, Olivier Giroud is proving increasingly key for defending champions Milan.

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.

5 Comments on “With Ibrahimovic and Origi injured, Giroud is Milan’s main man”

  1. I’d give Leao half the match as CF on Wednesday so Giroud can rest for Napoli game. We have enough attacking players to vary the players behind the CF

  2. Sure, he was an absolute steal, financially, but that’s obviously due to the extremely thin squad upfront.

    What if Giroud gets a knock on his leg against Zagreb and he’s out against Napoli, along with Zlatan, Origi, Rebic and Leao. Diaz in the hole behind CDK?
    I dunno, it’s a rough situation.

  3. I would try CDK as the striker, with Leao and Alexis on the wings. Diaz/Adli (what does he have to do to get the nod?!) as trequartista. Giroud needs rest if he is to start against Napoli on Sunday, seeing as to how apparently neither Origi nor Rebic plan on being healthy this season.

  4. It’s a very peculiar situation. Resting him against Dinamo is a tempting idea but we absolutely can’t get this game wrong. It’s a must-win match for us or the qualification could be in real danger.

    Even if things go wrong against Napoli, there would be time to make up lost ground in Serie A, but not in the Champions League.

    I believe the most important match is always the next one anyway, so I’d send our best team out there tomorrow and think about Napoli from Thursday.

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