Giroud admits Werner's arrival will reduce his game time but confident he has role to play
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud believes he will still have a role to play under Frank Lampard despite Timo Werner’s arrival.
The 33-year-old managed to turn his situation at Chelsea and eventually became Lampard’s first-choice striker in the past few months, even ahead of last season’s top scorer Tammy Abraham.
Obviously, Abraham’s injury played a part, but Giroud’s impressive run in which he netted six times in his last competitive appearances suggests his red-hot form was why he reclaimed the primary No.10 spot in the first place.
But now a new striker has arrived.
And it’s not just another striker — it’s Timo Werner, the RB Leipzig record goalscorer who raked unbelievable 35 goals in all competitions last season.
Many expect Giroud to play an even lesser role as a squad player following the Germany international’s arrival, but the former Arsenal striker has once again shown his mentality as a professional.
Speaking in the press conference during his international trip with France today, Giroud told the media (via Goal): “I am confident for the coming year which will be good and busy at Chelsea.
“In every big club, there is competition. It motivates me. I still want to fight for my place.
“I am not naive. The club recruited Timo Werner to play, but we don’t have the same profile.
“If it had been a striker with the same profile, I would have been more worried.”
Giroud also said he has had a closer relationship with Lampard, particularly since January but the France international understands Lampard will still have a choice to make.
“I have a good relationship with him, but he won’t make me play every game,” he added.
“I must continue to perform well in training by showing him my desire to be in the starting eleven.”