Jason Cundy has suggested that history may be repeating itself, claiming £18million man (BBC) Olivier Giroud may be forcing his way into the Chelsea XI at the expense of teammate Tammy Abraham.
Aside from versatile attacker Timo Werner, the Blues have two traditional centre-forwards in their squad this season with both Giroud and Abraham.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has preferred 23-year-old English striker Abraham in the Premier League during the last few games and he’s repaid that faith by performing well at Stamford Bridge, albeit he was guilty of missing several goalscoring chances in the weekend’s goalless draw with Tottenham.
But 34-year-old veteran Giroud was given his chance on Wednesday night in the Champions League group stages and he seized his opportunity emphatically, scoring four goals in a 4-0 win away to Sevilla.
Cundy believes that Giroud may have done enough to break back into the XI for the league, with a clash against newly-promoted Leeds United on Saturday night next on the fixture list.
He’s compared it to the situation earlier in the year, as Giroud really came into his own as the main starter for the closing months of the 2019/20 season after Abraham had successfully lead the line for the first half of the campaign.
“Tammy’s still very much in the infancy of his career… What happened last year, it kind of feels as though something similar is happening again,” Cundy told talkSPORT (10:45pm, 2 December).
“Last season Tammy had the number nine shirt and actually he did very well, scored a lot of goals. Started the season really, really well. But as the season drew on Giroud forced his way into that team because of his performances, his goals. I just wonder if we might be seeing something again.”