Giroud looks forward to healthy competition with Higuain in the team
Olivier Giroud has welcomed the arrival of Gonzalo Higuain at Chelsea, saying that it is healthy to have more competition for places up front at the club.
Higuain didn’t make it in time to be a part of Chelsea’s squad for the Carabao Cup semi-final against Spurs but he is likely to start in the FA Cup fixture against Sheffield Wednesday.
With Giroud looking out of sorts and Alvaro Morata closing in on a loan move to La Liga, the signing of Higuain will bring a sigh of relief to Maurizio Sarri.
Despite the added competition, Giroud has welcome the arrival of Higuain, telling ESPN FC: ‘I think it’s good for the club to have different top strikers.
‘It’s a benefit for the team and competition is always good for strikers, so we will try to step up together to help the team reach our target.’
Giroud started alongside Eden Hazard in the Carabao Cup semi-final and the Frenchman admitted that he has a very good rapport with the talisman.
He added: ‘It’s true, I’ve got a very good understanding with Eden, off the pitch and on the pitch.
‘[But] I’m not making the starting XI — the manager makes choices and you have to respect them. Maybe I have to show more in training to be back in the team [on a regular basis].’
Higuain was unveiled as Chelsea’s latest signing on Thursday night and the 31-year-old said that he had always hoped of playing in the Premier League.
‘When the opportunity to join Chelsea presented itself I had to take it,’ the striker said.
‘It’s a team I’ve always liked that has a lot of history, a wonderful stadium and they play in the Premier League, a league I’ve always wanted to play in.’