Chelsea fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat on Saturday at home to West Ham, and some fans were not impressed by the performance of Olivier Giroud.
This was the fourth time the Blues dropped points at Stamford Bridge this season. It is now three games without a win in all competitions.
Lampard made a number of changes to the starting line up from the midweek encounter with Valencia. After the reaction of some fans to Michy Batshuayi’s performance off the bench, he opted for Olivier Giroud upfront.
Most Chelsea fans agreed with this decision. Despite finding chances hard to come by this season, the Frenchman seems to pop up with important goals when it matters. Fans and Lampard alike were hoping he could have filled the void while Tammy Abraham was sidelined.
With Reece James starting at right-back, there was hope that his superb crossing ability could be made the most of by Giroud. However, his movement was slow and he seemed a shadow of his former self according to some Chelsea fans.
He touched the ball just 21 times in the game and was struggling to come deep to link the play with the midfielders. This is something Giroud was particularly effective at when the likes of Eden Hazard were beside him last season.
Chelsea will no doubt be hoping to have top-scorer Tammy Abraham back fit for Wednesday night’s game against his former club Aston Villa. Following Saturday’s performance, there is a chance Olivier Giroud will struggle to get into Lampard’s side again.
Here are some fans reaction to his performance on Saturday:
Giroud and Batshuayi are so bad that when one is on the pitch, you'll wish the other guy is playing.
— Den Ye Fa (@Denye007) November 30, 2019
Everyone: GIROUD HAS TO START CAUSE HE WILL SCORE THOSE REECE JAMES CROSSES!!!
Giroud: Misses the ball completely at the edge of the 6 yard box…
— Laurenz Vescoli (@Laus1507) November 30, 2019
There's no other person to blame at HT time other than Lazy Giroud..
He's poor awareness on getting into goal scoring positions had been rendering Reece James's crosses useless and ineffective😪
3 great crosses and man can't even get his foot/head on one#CHEWHU
— Davies™❁ (@CFC_Daves) November 30, 2019
Giroud will never play for us again, silly to play both him & Pedro after they have been out for so long
— Lampard Cultist (@MadMontana) November 30, 2019
Today showed us why Pedro and Giroud will be free agents in 8 months. Hopefully Willian too.
— 🍁 (@OlIyCFC) November 30, 2019