In the latest Chelsea news, Olivier Giroud admits he has been disappointed by his lack of goals since arriving at Stamford Bridge.
The France international joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal on the final day of the January transfer window, but he has only managed to find the back of the net once during his eight appearances to date, with that strike coming during last month’s FA Cup win over Hull.
The 31-year-old admits he had expected a better goals return although he is satisfied with his overall performance levels.
“I am happy with my adaptation, the welcome I received, and the relationship on the ground with my team-mates,” Giroud told L’Equipe.
“I could have – should have – scored more goals. In terms of statistics, I am very attached to this; I remain stuck at one goal and three assists in five matches. I’m sure it is not enough.
“But, in any case, the content [of my matches] is very encouraging. In time I will do it. [It’s encouraging] in my relationship with offensive players; whether with Willian, Pedro or Eden Hazard.”
Giroud, who is currently away on international duty with France, will be hoping to improve his goals ratio between now and the end of the season, starting with Chelsea’s crucial Premier League clash with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge on April 1.
The west Londoners need all their players firing on all cylinders over the coming weeks given they face an uphill battle to finish in the top four.
Antonio Conte’s side are currently fifth in the standings, five points below fourth-place Spurs, with just eight games remaining in their league campaign.
The Blues also have an FA Cup semi-final against Southampton at Wembley to come on April 22.