Since playing a key role in Chelsea’s late season push to finish in the top four, Olivier Giroud has returned to being practically an afterthought in the squad’s pecking order at striker, with just four appearances (one start) so far this season. This is almost exactly the same situation as he was in this time last year, when he made just seven appearances altogether before January (three starts).

Unsurprisingly, the same stories as last year are starting to crop up in the rumor mill as well, with Inter Milan once again linked.