Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has assured striker Olivier Giroud of his importance in the team.
The French striker has not featured for many games for the Blues since the new season started, and many were afraid that Giroud would move away from Stamford Bridge next year. However, Frank Lampard regards him as a very integral part of the squad.
“The things behind the scenes, everybody kind of feels from the outside to be fair what a great professional he is and how highly regarded he is by his team-mates and myself,” Lampard said.
“So for him to get a goal, you saw the reaction of his team-mates, he’s so professional in how he trains and looks after himself that age isn’t even a factor for him. He’s getting better with age if anything in terms of how he looks after himself.
“So he offers a lot for us and I keep saying it but the big schedule coming up and the way we play means I will rely on players. So thankfully for me he’s a player that always keeps the right attitude if he’s not playing regularly, and I know when I call upon him that he comes in as he did today.”
“It is selection issues for me,” Lampard said. “We need that. We need that with playing every three days, maybe at Christmas we are playing every two days unless the schedule gets sorted out.
“With Oli, it is hard to say I have to prove it to him. I have to look at it game by game and play him to get the best for us. At the moment, Tammy is in great form as well. I think Oli knows how much I am happy with him. I hope he knows how much I rely on him.
“Every player wants to play every game and that’s an impossible part of my job to keep them all happy but hopefully he knows and feels content. He got minutes, he came on today and there will be games where he starts for us as well.”