Jamie Carragher believes Olivier Giroud gets a little too much criticism, and praised the French forward following our 2-1 win over Leicester City this past weekend.
Following the game, Carragher was asked on Twitter what his thoughts on Giroud were, and the Liverpudlian revealed that he always had a soft spot for the Arsenal striker.
He also highlighted the quality of the assist for Theo Walcott’s goal, with the 29-year-old putting the goal on a plate for the speedster with a deft header.
@lNSlGNE Always liked Giroud underrated & great assist for Walcott goal.
— Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) February 14, 2016
Giroud got plenty of criticism after the game for spurning his chances, with one goal ruled out for offside, one great chance excellently saved by Kasper Schmeichel, and a number of half chances headed wide of the mark or over the bar.
He didn’t pass up any gilt edged chances though, and he was dominant in the air throughout the game. He gave Robert Huth and Wes Morgan some real problems, and his hold up play throughout the game was excellent. To add an assist to that is excellent, and Carragher is right that he really deserves a little more credit.
Giroud doesn’t play like Mesut Özil, Alexis Sanchez, Thierry Henry, or Ian Wright, but he’s still an excellent player in his own right. He brings his own qualities to the team, and while you can argue a better striker may have won us the game sooner, Giroud unquestionably played a large part in our victory over the Foxes.
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We could unquestionably improve on the experienced striker, but there arguably aren’t many of that calibre around that would be available. Danny Welbeck’s return obviously means we’ve got a few more options up front, but Giroud has shown before that he’s capable of keeping the starting spot out of the grasp of the former Manchester United man.