Chelsea – Why Giroud is the perfect striker for Hazard

Eden Hazard looks like he is in the form of his life, but the contributions of his teammate, Olivier Giroud cannot be overlooked. Eden Hazard is a player who loves to play with a target man, and Morata didn’t really provide Hazard with what he really craves for. Giroud didn’t score a goal against Cardiff, just like he didn’t score a goal for the French at the World cup, but like he played a huge rule for France in winning the World cup, he would also play a major role in Chelsea’s success this season. He provided two assists for Hazard against Cardiff, one with a delightful flick that set up the Belgian and the second one more impressive, holding off his marker and deviating the ball into the path of Hazard

There was a huge speculation about his future but there was also a sense of excitement about his game under Sarri. The Italian plays a more attacking game, unlike Conte or Jose, thus giving Hazard the freedom with which he flourishes and in a way, emulate what Mertens accomplished at Napoli under Sarri. But the early signs are much more promising than what the fans hoped for. Although the teams have been mediocre, Hazard has more touches of the ball both inside and outside the box, and more shots on goal thus resulting in more goals. But what can be seen is that his creativity hasn’t improved much and this hints at a change of role that is facilitated more by Giroud and not Morata

In one sense, the comparison is unfair on Morata because only a  few forwards can compete with Giroud when it comes to this aspect of the game. He has created more chances per 90 minutes than any other genuine striker in the Premier League over the past two seasons. It is no coincidence that he also averages more touches in the box per 90 minutes than any other Premier League player in that time period. As Hazard pointed out, when Giroud gets the ball, his team-mates “can go with him” in the knowledge that he will hold it up.

This point is exemplified by the statistics of the average position of Hazard, it shows that in the game against Cardiff, he is always ahead of Giroud who was the central striker while in the case of Morata who started against Newcastle, the data is concentrated behind Morata. The relationship is different and that’s what shows in the games.

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