Jamie Redknapp praises Chelsea FC for ‘clever’ January signing

The Liverpool FC legend believes Olivier Giroud will prove a brilliant addition to the Chelsea FC team

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud Photo: Chelsea TV

Jamie Redknapp believes Olivier Giroud is a “clever” addition to the Chelsea FC team.

The defending Premier League champions signed the France international in a £21m deal from their bitter London rivals Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

Giroud found his first-team opportunities limited at Arsenal in the opening half of the season following the addition of Alexandre Lacazette in the Gunners team.

The 31-year-old has a great record in the Premier League despite being utilised in an impact substitute role at the north London club over the past three seasons.

Giroud made his mark on his first Chelsea FC start after the experienced striker produced a deft assist to allow Eden Hazard to make the breakthrough in a 3-0 win over West Brom on Monday night.

Former Liverpool FC midfielder Redknapp believes Giroud is a great signing for the Chelsea FC team.

“Giroud is a very clever signing,” Redknapp told The Debate on Sky Sports. “I am not sure what signings are Conte’s and not.

“I hope he is Conte’s signing. Is he top level? Maybe not. But he has a special place in football.”

Chelsea FC ended a two-game losing run in the Premier League thanks to their 3-0 win against 20th-placed West Brom at Stamford Bridge.

The Blues will welcome La Liga leaders Barcelona to west London in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Tuesday night.

The west London side will make the trip to Manchester United in their next Premier League game on Sunday 25 February.

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