Olivier Giroud’s arrival was a ‘backwards step’ for Chelsea, claims ex-player

Saturday, November 10th, 2018 9:30am

By Will Beckman @Will_Beckman

Former Chelsea midfielder Alan Hudson has launched a scathing attack on forwards Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata, claiming neither are good enough to play for the club.

Giroud scored his first goal in almost 800 minutes of competitive football on Thursday to help Maurizio Sarri’s side secure a 1-0 win over BATE Borisov in the Europa League, a result which rubber-stamped the Blues’ progression to the knockout stages.

But Hudson, who made over 100 appearances for Chelsea in the 1970s, was in no mood to offer words of encouragement for the 32 year-old or fellow striker Morata, claiming that the Frenchman’s arrival in January 2017 represented a ‘backwards step’.

“When you think of all the top forwards they’ve had over the years I wonder how the fans feel watching Giroud and Morata at the moment,” Hudson told Ian Stone’s Comedy Breakfast (weekdays 6.30am-10.30am)

“I don’t think they’re up to the club’s standards.

“I find it very weird that Giroud’s at Chelsea, to be honest.

“Without wanting to be too negative, I think signing him was a backwards step.

“It felt like a really strange purchase at the time: he couldn’t get in the Arsenal team and then all of a sudden he was playing for Chelsea.

“He might be a World Cup winner but I don’t think that determines whether or not someone is a good player. He’s very short of goals.

“Teams aren’t scared of Chelsea’s strike force anymore when they play them. It’s all about stopping Eden Hazard.”Chelsea fans CROPPEDHudson also had harsh words for his his former club’s recruitment policy, which saw them spend a record £60million fee to sign Morata from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017.

“I think there’s something wrong with the way Chelsea buy players these days,” Hudson added.

“They have to bring someone in during the transfer window because you need a top forward who guarantees goals – but it’s also about who they buy.

“There’s no end to the money Chelsea have got so they shouldn’t be buying players like Giroud and Morata.

“They were on the brink of becoming one of the world’s top clubs not too long ago, but it’s not good enough at the moment.”

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