Chelsea manager Frank Lampard admitted that Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud’s performances against Barnsley have given him a selection problem.
The manager went with new signing Timo Werner for the first two games of this season.
Having scored 32 goals in the Bundesliga and the Champions League last season, it was a sensible decision to have the Germany international lead the line.
Abraham and Giroud have given Lampard reasons to reconsider his options, though, as the two strikers made their mark in Wednesday’s 6-0 win over Barnsley in the Carabao Cup.
They might not have Werner’s burst of pace, but their bigger frames allowed the team to retain more of the ball in the final third and helped the players around them flourish.
Lampard will have a decision to make for Saturday’s trip to West Brom but he is more than happy to have this sort of problem.
Speaking at his post-match interview, he told the media (via Chelsea’s official website): “It’s a good problem, I’m delighted for both strikers today.
“Tammy’s work rate and quality, his goal and his assists were brilliant.”
Lampard said it is good that Abraham had some minutes under his belt after missing out on the past couple of games.
“Oli [Giroud], similar in terms of impact when he came one,” Lampard added.
“He could have had a couple of assists and goals.
“And then having Timo gives me options with different attributes to each other. All competitive in a good way but different options, for sure.”