A former Blues midfielder heaped reward upon the Frenchman after seeing him internet the successful objective towards Rennes within the Champions League
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud is “one of many Premier League’s most underrated gamers”, in keeping with Joe Cole.
The 34-year-old’s late effort booked the Blues a spot within the spherical of 16, and he might now be in competition to function when Frank Lampard’s males play host to Tottenham in Sunday’s London derby.
Giroud has been restricted to only 4 top-flight appearances this time period, all from the substitutes’ bench, having fallen behind summer time signing Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham within the squad pecking order.
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The Frenchman wasn’t given the prospect to construct on his spectacular post-lockdown kind in 2019-20 – a interval in which he managed to hit eight targets in 11 matches – however Lampard insisted he still has an important role to play after his star flip towards Rennes.
Cole is in awe of how Giroud has remained so constant in entrance of objective since shifting to Stamford Bridge from Arsenal in January 2018, and thinks Lampard will attempt to hold the veteran striker completely happy in order that he stays in west London past the winter switch window.
“I feel he’s one of many Premier League’s most underrated gamers, he constantly performs whether or not or not it’s for Arsenal or Chelsea,” the previous Blues midfielder informed BT Sport.
“It’s not simply moments like at present comparable to getting the successful objective, it’s his normal manner across the place, he’s an excellent participant within the dressing room.
“There’s a cause why Didier Deschamps depends on him for France. Frank is not going to need Giroud strolling out of the door in January.
“It was an important header from Giroud. That was superb.”
Cole additionally reserved particular reward for Mason Mount, who supplied the help for Callum Hudson-Odoi to open the scoring at Roazhon Park.
“He’s a supervisor’s dream. He’s in that bracket when he will get on the pitch and he will get on with it, he does what’s required within the second,” he added.
“He’s all over the place on the pitch, however on prime of that, he’s a genius as properly – he could make one thing occur, he can rating a objective, make a go, he’s so right down to earth.
“He makes that (help vs Newcastle) look simple, however he’s fizzed that into an space the place Fernandez has no possibility however to place it in his personal objective. He does the precise factor with the soccer always, he’s well-schooled, he’s an important lad.
“He’s a mainstay now for Chelsea and England, for me.”