With the European Championship finals delayed by a year, and his national team manager Didier Deschamps desperate for his leading striker to be playing more minutes, there is certainly a sense of déjà vu to the narrative around Giroud right now.
For the player himself, a model professional on and off the field, the focus remains on being in the right physical and mental condition to perform whenever he is called upon.
‘I just have to show the manager that I am ready to fight until the end, as I told him at the beginning of the season, but obviously to be happy I need to be a little bit more on the pitch,’ Giroud said in the aftermath of our 4-0 win in Seville, a result that secured top spot in the Champions League Group E.
‘The gaffer gave me the opportunity to play and I hope I will have more opportunities again because I think I’ve shown him that I am ready to fight for the team. We all want to be on the pitch but we have a great squad.’