Olivier Giroud has once again made something of a comeback.

With his Chelsea career looking in tatters, and his chances of making Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2020 squad under threat, a January exit had been on the cards.

L’Equipe report on Tuesday that the way he’s reacted, by convincing Frank Lampard in training, and then scoring against Tottenham in a Man of the Match display at the weekend, is yet another example of Giroud responding when pushed into a corner.

Ahead of the winter market, the striker had been encouraging approaches for his services. Bordeaux, West Ham, Newcastle and Aston Villa came forward, yet Giroud wasn’t too interested, preferring the Inter Milan option, one which ultimately collapsed.

West Ham could really have done with the player’s services, yet it’s suggested there’s another English club who the player would have liked to make a move.

Tottenham were ‘invited to the courtiers’ ball’, however, there’s no further information on how Spurs responded.

It’s got to be thought unlikely that Chelsea would have considered sending the player to a rival for a Champions League place, and that he made the difference against Tottenham at the weekend underlines why.