Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante has claimed that £110,000-a-week teammate Olivier Giroud is non-stop behind the scenes in training and insists he brings a great energy to the entire squad.
Giroud has been one of the standout players in the season so far with eight goals in 14 games across all competitions, which is particularly impressive considering he’s started in less than half of those matches.
Aged 34, the Blues centre-forward is looking as sharp as ever in front of goal and he’s forced the hand of manager Frank Lampard to include him in his starting XI.
He’s netted twice in his last three league games, plus his four-goal heroics against Sevilla in the Champions League group stages really sparked his recent form.
Kante has revealed that fellow France international Giroud has such a big influence on the Chelsea group, as well as praising him for his work-rate in training.
“He’s always working, trying to do well in training and bringing positive energy to the team, no matter his game time,” Kante said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“He always gives his best and it’s positive for all the team to see a player like this, staying positive and giving 100 per cent in training and games.”
All the comments to have come out of Chelsea in the past couple of years suggest that Giroud is the model professional, someone who trains at the highest level and doesn’t sulk if he’s not playing.
The left-footed striker is back in the team right now on merit and there is no reason he should be dislodged if he continues in the same vein of form.
He’s made it clear on record that he needs to be playing regularly to ensure he’s included in France’s squad for next summer’s European Championships and it’s hard to picture club boss Lampard dropping him anytime soon.