It didn’t take the French long to make a name for himself on his first appearance for the Italian giants against Nice
Olivier Giroud scored four minutes after making his debut in Milan on his € 2million move from Chelsea earlier this summer.
Giroud signed a two-year deal with the Rossoneri when he arrived in San Siro earlier this month, ending his four-year tenure with Chelsea.
The 34-year-old made his first appearance for Stefano Pioli’s team in a friendly against Nice on Saturday and quickly made a name for himself.
How did Giroud open his account?
After a goalless first half, Amine Gouiri opened the goal for Nice with a penalty just before an hour.
Pioli responded by introducing Giroud to the action, and the Frenchman managed to raise the Rossoneri level with 66 minutes on the clock, as is typical of the brand.
Samu Castillejo whipped a free kick towards the back post that fell right into the path of Giroud, who wiped his marker and headed the ball deep into the net.
Giroud shows what he will bring to Milan
Giroud has already given fans a taste of what to expect from him when Milan will come on Jan.
The instinct of the World Cup winner in the last third remains as sharp as ever and he now hopes to challenge Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a regular place in Pioli’s starting line-up.
Giroud has scored 221 goals in his career to date, having also played for Montpellier and Arsenal, and another 46 of 110 appearances for France internationally.
The veteran frontman also had a strong record in his final season at Chelsea, although he was reduced to a backup role in the squad in the League crown.
Giroud’s presence could help Milan reach new heights in 2021-22 when it comes to dethroning Italian champions Inter and making a name for themselves on Europe’s elite stage for the first time since 2013 after qualifying for the Champions League.