Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has proved to Frank Lampard that he is one of the most important players in the team – currently, even more so that their two expensive signings Timo Werner and Kai Havertz. The Blues boss is coming under pressure after another match without a win.
A damning stat proves why Chelsea cannot let Giroud leave in the transfer window, which opens in a matter of days as 2021 beckons.
It also shows the lack of impact new signings Havertz and Werner have had since their big-money arrivals.
Monday night proved fruitless for the Blues once again after mustering a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
Despite going a goal up, Chelsea conceded too easily shortly after the second-half and could not get back into the lead.
It is now six matches for the west London outfit with just one win as Lampard comes through a tricky period this winter.
Pressure is starting to ramp up despite early season form which flirted with a potential Premier League title shot.
That appears a million miles off right now with Chelsea once again off the pace – but there was some solace.
Giroud once again kept up his goalscoring antics as he looks like the main man up top for the Blues.
He has netted a total of nine goals despite his future up in the air but he is too important for Lampard to consider let leaving this January.
But his efforts up top for Chelsea also show the woes between Havertz and Werner, whose goals do not reach Giroud’s level.
The two Germans were signed from Bayer Leverkusen and RB Leipzig respectively for big money with Lampard given huge funds over the summer.
However, it is yet to click for the duo – who both started the match on Monday from the bench.
Lampard admitted his team are in a rut at the moment as they went sixth in the table – though with two games more than the likes of Villa, Manchester United and Manchester City.
“This is our tough period at the moment,” he told Match of the Day. “We have to fight for it and we’ll be stronger for it.
“You want to get results at this point of the year. I could feel the players’ disappointment at the end because they want to win.
“A few weeks ago, people were talking about us as title challengers. Now it’s a difficult period. The new players are going to get better as they come along.”