Olivier Giroud arrived at Chelsea from Arsenal in January knowing that he would have to fight for a starting spot.
The 31-year-old failed to nab a place in Antonio Conte’s first XI for the second half of last season, and he is facing the same struggle under Maurizio Sarri.
In fact, Giroud has featured in three of Chelsea’s four Premier League matches, but has come on as a substitute in all of them.
The striker has played just 90 minutes of top-flight action, but his performance for France on Sunday night may give Sarri something to think about.
The hardworking forward, who has scored five goals and created four assists for the Blues, scored the winner in a 2-1 triumph over the Netherlands in a Nations League clash.
Giroud lifted the World Cup with his country but he failed to score a single goal throughout the campaign in Russia.
Alvaro Morata has been preferred up front at Chelsea this season, but he has netted just once – in a 3-2 victory over Arsenal.