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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has a difficult decision to make over Olivier Giroud, with the Frenchman continuing to score whenever given a chance in the side, claims Graeme Le Saux. Giroud has scored three in his last four Premier League appearances, but Le Saux doubts he’s the type of player Lampard wants to play.
Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw by Aston Villa on Monday night as a Giroud goal was cancelled out by an Anwar El Ghazi goal.
They went into the match coming off the back of three defeats in their last four Premier League games.
The draw leaves them in sixth place in the table – though they’re level on points with the two teams below having played a game more than Tottenham and two more than Man City.
Lampard seems to be struggling to find his ideal line-up as of late, and has tinkered with his attacking selections.
Timo Werner, who joined from RB Leipzig for £53million in the summer, has struggled to settle by Lampard’s own admission.
The German hasn’t scored in the league since early November, having gone eight league games without finding the net.
As a result, Lampard has turned to Giroud recently with some success, as the veteran striker has scored three in his last four league starts.
However, his involvement in the team has made Lampard adapt his style of play and avoid playing balls in behind due to Giroud’s lack of pace.
And speaking on Amazon Prime, Le Saux explained that his former team-mate has a difficult job on his hands with how to line up his side and still have his team play the way he wants them to.
He said: “It’s a bit of a conundrum for Frank because Giroud will deliver this sort of level in the box.
“He’s got the most striker’s instinct and the best goalscoring instinct for Chelsea and he has earned a start for the next game because he’s the most likely player to get a goal.
“But I don’t think he’s exactly the player Frank wants up there all the time because he doesn’t have that pace and power as a lone striker.”
Andy Townsend added: “You know Timo Werner can play there, but I think at the moment Giroud is their best bet in terms of relying on someone to lead the line and his all-round work and provide the goals.
“He just edges it over Tammy. Tammy Abraham is a different animal this season, I think he’s aware he has to be responsible for his numbers and his goals and he has to get between those posts and make sure he can finish as often as he can.
“I do think Giroud with Pulisic and with Ziyech when he’s fit and Werner, they’re probably Chelsea’s most dangerous guys up front if they can find the right combinations there.
“They’ll never be far away, they could have easily scored two or three goals Chelsea today, just couldn’t find that second one when they needed it.”
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