It was only a matter of time before Olivier Giroud opened his goalscoring account for Chelsea.
Having fired blanks against Watford and West Brom, it was third time lucky for the Frenchman as he scored the fourth goal in Friday night’s 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup.
Fellow new boy Emerson Palmier did extremely well to worm his way into the box before crossing for Giroud, who produced a tidy flicked finish.
“To be honest, I was waiting for it,” Giroud told BT Sport at full time. “I had a couple of chances in the previous game. It was very important for me to score this first goal.
“It relieves me a little bit. I assisted Eden [Hazard] last time and today I set up Willian’s one and I’m very happy. I take a lot of pleasure on the pitch.”
Giroud cost Chelsea just £18 million and early signs suggest he will adapt seamlessly to Antonio Conte’s system.
The 31-year-old has already established a good report with the likes of Hazard and Willian and it would appear he’s on the same wavelength as one other teammate: Willy Caballero.
Caballero produced another superb penalty save against Hull and Chelsea fans have noticed Giroud played an important role in the block.
In the video below, just as David Meyler starts his run-up, Giroud correctly points to Cabellero’s right to help him make the save.
GIROUD WITH THE ASSIST
Giroud telling Caballero which way to dive for Hull's penalty 🙌 what a man. pic.twitter.com/SlXKj8lecP
— SNM (@JackCook95) February 17, 2018
CHELSEA FANS REACT
Giroud knew where he's gonna shoot the penalty😍
— Elias Abdelsater (@ELIOas) February 16, 2018
Little observation here look where Giroud is pointing, Caballero listens and saves. pic.twitter.com/p0zfKNrp8e
— 🇧🇪 (@FlicksLikeEden) February 16, 2018
Giroud showed Caballero the direction he was going to place the penalty https://t.co/SllbVZJt4p
— Кobby (@iKobby_) February 17, 2018
Dawg giroud told Caballero what direction to dive for the penalty save. And he was right. What madness i seeing here. Goal, assist, penalty save. Giroud MOTM
— existence is pain (@868ball_is_life) February 16, 2018
Giroud had a hand in all 4 goals including the penalty. Alpha male! pic.twitter.com/V9v1dsY7A0
— Akansh (@akanshcfc_) February 17, 2018
Giroud is well on his way towards becoming a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge if his all-round performance against Hull is anything to go by.
He certainly seems excited by what the future holds, adding: “You can see the team has good team cohesion and it was very important to bounce back from the two games before.
“We’ve been through a disappointing result. It’s very nice. Two clean sheets. Seven goals. Very good for the confidence. It’s what we needed.
“We need momentum. Everything is going in the right way. We’re very pleased with these two last games so let’s carry on.”