Called up in the last list of the Blues before that of the 2022 World Cup, Olivier Giroud doubled Wissam Ben Yedder and should get some playing time given Karim Benzema’s injury package.
Is the tide turning for Olivier Giroud? In the absence of Karim Benzema, injured a few weeks two months before the 2022 World Cup, the slender 35-year-old striker was called up by Didier Deschamps for the international break in September, the last before Qatar. This is not a first since the failure at Euro 2021: the coach had also called him last March for the matches against Côte d’Ivoire and South Africa, before leaving him again. aside for the June gathering. But given the schedule, this second return to Clairefontaine is not trivial. Especially since the main competitor in the role of replacement solution in the offensive sector, namely Wissam Ben Yedder, was not retained.
« Oliver is here »
With four goals and an assist in eight Serie A and Champions League games, Olivier Giroud is having a successful start to the season with AC Milan. It is a continuation of previous months with the Milanese club, which became Italian champions again last May after eleven years of waiting.
But Didier Deschamps, as usual, dissuaded anyone from drawing definitive conclusions from this summons. « Olivier is here, » he briefly said at a press conference, adding simply that we had to wait for « the answer » about the player’s presence in Qatar. « Everything evolves…and sometimes nothing evolves, » he also said.
Ben Yedder in a very complicated situation
As for Wissam Ben Yedder, the coach was equally cautious in his response. « He’s been going through a period, for a few weeks, which is not the best for him, compared to what is needed on the pitch and his playing time », he nevertheless admitted, given that the he AS Monaco striker has scored just one goal this season (against PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League preliminary round) and started just three times in the first seven matches Ligue 1. The record is even much more alarming in the last two games: the Monegasque captain was left on the bench against Nice and only came on four minutes from the end against Olympique Lyonnais.
« But it’s not because they’re not here today that they can’t be there afterwards, » insisted Didier Deschamps, also mentioning the absences of Lucas Digne and Moussa Diaby. Still, the coach was forced to admit that Wissam Ben Yedder’s poor form had prompted him to « see other players » in order to obtain « more answers compared to the November choices ». The answer may be called Olivier Giroud.