Frank Lampard has a major selection dilemma on his hands ahead of Chelsea ’s showdown with Leeds on Saturday night.
The Blues are flying right now under Lampard, with a comprehensive 4-0 victory away at Sevilla in midweek the latest high point of an encouraging start to the 2020/21 campaign.
It was a night for Olivier Giroud to savour more than anyone, scoring all four of their goals in Spain and leaving his manager with a real conundrum ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leeds.
The sole reason Lampard opted for Giroud, whose start in Seville was only his second of the season so far, at the pinpoint of his attack was to give Tammy Abraham some much-needed rest before the visit of Marcelo Bielsa’s side to Stamford Bridge.
Olivier Giroud is knocking on the door for a start in Chelsea’s clash with Leeds after his four-goal heroics against Sevilla
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Yet the French veteran’s inspired Champions League display has heaped pressure on Lampard to start him again on Saturday, despite his probable plans to bring Abraham back into the fold.
He now faces a difficult stick-or-twist decision: ignore calls for Giroud to get the nod and keep the faith in first-choice marksman Abraham, 23, or bank on the former’s superior experience and rich vein of form.
Frank Lampard handed Giroud a start in Spain to give first-choice striker Tammy Abraham a rest ahead of this weekend’s meeting with United
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Though according to The Athletic, Lampard prefers Abraham to be leading his line because of the lack of threat Giroud poses when a ball is played in behind.
It is believed the main “issue” he sees with the 34-year-old is his inability to cause problems in behind defences, as well as his lack of pressing off the ball.
Many believe the Frenchman should be handed another start, but Lampard reportedly has an “issue” with his…