Player To Watch: Olivier Giroud

With Montpellier making the visit to the Parc des Princes, who do PSG need to keep an eye on?

Name: Olivier Giroud

Club: Montpellier HSC

Paris Saint-Germain faces a difficult task on Sunday as they look to repel statistically the best offensive team in Ligue 1, Montpellier. Racking up 45 goals this season, MHSC have been a pleasure to watch at times with their refreshing attacking approach under the stewardship of Rene Girard. One man who has been pivotal to their system is one Olivier Giroud who will certainly look to make his presence known in amongst Les Parisiens’ backline.

Giroud, is the current top goalscorer in the league by a considerable distance with 16 goals. PSG’s own Nene comes in at second, trailing him by five. He has been somewhat of a talisman for his team, a focal point in their attack as his implementation of physicality and potency has been a recipe for success. For such a big man (6 ft 3) he has very nimble feet and is ever so accustomed on the ball. Being a target man, he thrives on challenging in the air and MHSC will do their utmost to make the most of set-pieces tomorrow night.

He is excellent at linking up with his peers and has forged a terrific understanding with Moroccan international Younes Belhanda whose interplay in the final third really sets the tone for the team in attack. With John Utaka also operating down the wing, Giroud has plenty of service from which he can thrive upon, continuously keeping him on his toes and resulting in his rich vein of form. His goals have been decisive too, netting important winners against the likes of Olympique Lyonnais as well as a couple of hat-tricks against Dijon and Sochaux.

Stamping his name domestically, the 25-year-old has recently made his bow for Les Bleus back in the fall of last year after impressing Laurent Blanc. A call-up to the squad for Euro 2012 seems a formality and can easily stake a claim for a starting berth if his form continues.

With all that being said he will be a major threat to Mamadou Sakho and Co at the back for Le Parisiens. Nevertheless, if they can quell his influence, it could stifle the work Montpellier do on the fringes of the penalty area and ultimately leaving the striker isolated.

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