Ex-Premier League striker Alan Shearer has criticised Olivier Giroud for his lack of goals, and claims the fact that he hasn’t yet reached 20 Premier League goals in a season means he can’t be conceded world class, as reported by BBC Sport.
While you can argue what exactly qualifies a player to be called world class, we aren’t going to try and defend the Frenchman and argue his case. Despite Shearer’s goalscoring prowess however, he’s hardly the right man to decide whether or not a player is world class, and as a pundit he’s one of the worst.
Alan Shearer was a classic striker in his day, scoring goals and doing nothing more. He was unquestionably a great goalscorer, but that’s all he sees in other players, and it’s hard to see him thriving in the modern game.
“I don’t think he’s world-class,” Shearer said.
“In his four seasons, he is yet to hit 20 league goals. In this Arsenal team, you should be getting 25 league goals.”
Giroud has an excellent goalscoring record, with roughly a goal every other game since he made the switch to Arsenal. But he also offers us so much more than just goals, bringing hold-up, link-up, and a proper target for us to aim at up front.
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He may not be the best striker in the world, but the 29-year-old doesn’t deserve the criticism he gets. He’s the third fastest Arsenal player to hit 50 Premier League goals, which is nothing to be sniffed at when you consider he’s ahead of the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Robin van Persie.