Giroud has had a sensational week. He banged in four goals in a 4-0 win against Sevilla to ensure Chelsea topped their Champions League group, before getting on the scoresheet against Leeds as the Blues climbed to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 win.
The 34-year-old made his first league start of the season against Leeds and has been forced to bide his time amid competition from Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner.
He will feel he’s deserving of a starting berth week in week out given his impressive form, but Owen is not sure that is the best way forward for Frank Lampard’s side.
Owen doesn’t think Giroud is an ‘elite’ striker and thinks the Blues might need ‘someone a little bit better’ if they want to win the Premier League this season.
‘He is an all-round player, isn’t he,’ Owen told Premier League Productions.
‘He doesn’t set your pulse racing because he hasn’t got electric pace, he doesn’t do the exciting things. He doesn’t beat five players and smack it in the top corner but he’s a very, very functional player who adds so much to the team.
‘He was close to leaving a season or so ago because there was a World Cup at the end and all these reasons, he had to start playing. A lot of top managers haven’t started him consistently.
‘It’s not to say he’s a bad player but we’re talking elite, elite, elite to win the Premier League. You need one of the best few in the world.’
‘Would you play him every single week if you were trying to win the league? I think you’d be looking for someone a little bit better. That’s what’s happened throughout his career.’
‘Lampard did try and sell him 12 months ago. Of course, you’re well within your rights to change your mind. I’m just playing devil’s advocate. We’re all getting carried away.
‘I just watched him and thought he was brilliant. I watched him midweek and thought he was brilliant. But you’ve got to think back and think, “hang on a minute”, he’s never been – for Arsenal he was never… and that wasn’t a league winning team.’