Why Giroud ‘can never be the main man’ at Chelsea
Marcel Desailly says compatriot Olivier Giroud will never be “the main man” at Chelsea.
The striker has forced his way back into the first XI in recent weeks after barely featuring in the early stages of the season.
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But with competition for his place from Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham, Desailly says Giroud can’t hold down a starting spot under Frank Lampard.
“He is not the future of Chelsea and he can never be the main man,” Desailly told Goal.
“He can only be important at moments for the club because Lampard can be clever to study the opponents and use him in specific games against teams who don’t like facing a player with his strengths.
“I believe that Lampard has helped Giroud shine often by getting a lot out of him but he can’t be the first choice for Lampard.
“He has Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner to compete with, so he can’t maintain his first-choice status from the start until the end.
“It is just down to Lampard to use him at the right time, get runners around him to allow him to shine.
“He is 34 years old now so don’t ask him to be the main man but make sure that he is important when he is needed. With his age, and status as a world champion, then I think this is about how and when you use him.”