Desailly says Olivier Giroud should not be 'first choice' striker at Chelsea

Former Blues star Marcel Desailly said Frank Lampard should not rely on 34-year-old Olivier Giroud as Chelsea’s main striker.

Desailly’s statement would raise a lot of eyebrows considering Giroud’s fine form after scoring six goals in his last four starts for Chelsea.

Until a few months ago, there were a lot of questions over the France international’s future at Stamford Bridge, particularly after the arrival of former Bundesliga goal-scoring machine Timo Werner.

Giroud kept his head down and proved his worth with sensational four-goal heroics against Sevilla earlier this month.

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And you can see why Lampard feels Giroud’s aerial abilities would work well with the exceptional crossers Chelsea have in their squad.

However, Desailly still thinks that, at his age, Giroud is not the man to lead the line week in, week out.

“He is not the future of Chelsea, and he can never be the main man,” Desailly told Goal.

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The former Blues defender said Giroud can be important for Chelsea because of his physical attributes but should not be the first-choice striker.

“He has Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner to compete with, so he can’t maintain his first-choice status from the start until the end,” he added.

“It is just down to Lampard to use him at the right time, get runners around him to allow him to shine.

“He is 34 years old now so don’t ask him to be the main man but make sure that he is important when he is needed.

“With his age and status as a world champion, then I think this is about how and when you use him.”

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