Chris Sutton has suggested that Olivier Giroud has done enough to play himself into the Chelsea XI for the huge showdown against Bayern Munich.
The Blues host the Bundesliga heavyweights on Tuesday night at Stamford Bridge in the first leg of a last-16 Champions League tie.
Frank Lampard’s side have a huge obstacle to overcome in the European knockout tie and it’s vital they take a positive result to the second leg in Germany.
They go into the contest off the back of a 2-1 Premier League win over rivals Tottenham and it was a much-needed performance.
Giroud, 33, scored the opener and impressed as he was selected to lead the forward line.
The French striker was a real standout in his first start since November and he’s shown true professionalism to stay patient waiting for his opportunity.
Tammy Abraham has been the first-choice striker this campaign for the Blues and he made his comeback from injury off the bench in the Spurs victory.
But ex-Chelsea forward and current pundit Sutton believes that Giroud has done enough to show he deserves to lead the line again in midweek.
“Imagine what a kick in the teeth that would be for Giroud, to see his name listed among the substitutes for Tuesday’s visit of Bayern Munich,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Mail.
“The 33-year-old passed his audition against Spurs with flying colours and I don’t think any of us can say he deserves to be dropped after that performance.”
Lampard has some huge decision to make with his team selection against Bayern, as fans are desperate to see the formation deployed and the personnel at both ends of the pitch.
Giroud is a quality centre-forward that definitely deserves more minutes and surely he’s moved above teammate Michy Batshuayi in the pecking order.
But 22-year-old Abraham has 15 goals across all competitions so far this season and he’s been the striker Lampard has preferred.