Former Chelsea forward has urged Lampard to block the French striker’s exit.
in January 2018,
has established his reputation as one the most consistent forwards in thePremier League
. The 34-year-old has scored 35 goals in his 99 appearances for Chelsea and won the FA Cup and Europa League with the London club. With the arrival of Chelsea’s summer transfers,
preferred to use Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham instead of Giroud for the forward position but the French striker forced his way back to Chelsea’s squad by his spectacular Champions League performance against Sevilla where he scored four goals for the Blues. In a recent interview with
Premier League Productions,
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink
has spoken about Giroud’s form and his importance for Lampard’s team.
"I don’t think they can afford to let Giroud go,
"Even if he’s not number one. Coming off the bench and making something different. I know that he is going to want to leave but I think Frank has to be very selfish there and say no.
"Maybe he can call Deschamps and have that conversation with Deschamps saying, 'Okay, what does he need to do to be in your team? How much does he need to play?' and have that conversation with Giroud, 'Okay, you’re going to play this amount of matches for sure so you can go to the European Championship'.
"I don’t know but maybe Frank has to be a little bit creative to just keep him because I think he’s important for the team. His team-mates love him. They love him. So to keep that together is also important.
"In the beginning he hardly played but then Chelsea became a little bit in trouble with the forward players. He started playing and he saved them, I think, to get that fourth place because he was crucial.
"He was scoring important goals, that’s why he got a little extension and then this year it’s a little bit the same. Abraham started, scoring goals and he has come from the bench, but at the moment, at the right time, he’s making the difference and I don’t think that Chelsea can afford to let him go."
Hasselbaink believes that Giroud has the quality to motivate his teammates and bring the best out of whoever he plays with.
"He’s not been scoring regularly but he’s been doing other things well, making other people play better and letting other people score more goals.
"When you have a successful team we always look at the striker scoring 30 goals, but he is not that kind of person. Yes, he scored in midweek four goals but it hasn’t happened that often.
"If you look how many hat-tricks he has, I don’t think he has a lot of hat-tricks but he does make other people around him play better.
"I don’t think he is that kind of player [who should be judged on how many goals he scores]. We all have our strengths and I think that is his strength, making other people play better.
"Of late he’s scoring also more and important goals. Today, 1-0 - he scores a lot of 1-0s, 1-1s, 2-1s and not a lot of strikers do that. The strikers that score 1-0 and important goals, those are the strikers that you want."