Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud setting an example to young players after failed January exit

Former England midfielder Danny Murphy has praised the professionalism of Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud following a turbulent period at Stamford Bridge.

After falling out of favour under Blues boss Frank Lampard at the start of the season, with Tammy Abraham becoming the club’s main striker, and Michy Batshuayi second choice, Giroud looked set to exit Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window in a bid to secure himself more first-team football.

But no move ever ended up coming to fruition, with Giroud remaining in West London, though his opportunities did appear to be incredibly limited.

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Now, though, Giroud has forced his way back into Lampard’s plans following an injury to Abraham, with the France international popping up with a number of goals and recently stating that he would like to stay beyond the end of this season.

And the way that Giroud has responded and stepped up to the plate in recent weeks has impressed Murphy.

The former Liverpool man told talkSPORT: “I want to talk about Giroud, not just because of his performance yesterday [against Everton] and against Liverpool and since he has come back into the team, but for the way he has conducted himself through that difficult period where he wasn’t playing and was behind Batshuayi and Tammy.

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“I think we are in a world now where we see a lot of players being petulant and doing interviews and saying thing and wanting away. I always understand when players are annoyed and are not playing – I like that, actually. But you still have to try and conduct yourself in the right way.

“And I think Giroud has behaved impeccably. He hasn’t just done the right things in terms of not coming out and doing silly articles and spouting his mouth off. He has obviously trained hard and kept himself in real good nick, because physically he looks…