Former Chelsea defender William Gallas believes that Olivier Giroud is ready to lead the line regularly for the Blues, and that he could keep Alvaro Morata on the bench with the Spaniard yet to score a goal this year.
Chelsea’s £58 million record signing, hasn’t scored since December and is increasingly finding himself on the bench, albeit his replacement has been Eden Hazard, and Gallas thinks Giroud can do the job.
“He can be [Morata’s replacement]. He has shown in the past that he can do it with Arsenal,” Gallas told Goal . “He was struggling a little bit at Arsenal when he was on the bench. But when Arsene Wenger put him on the pitch, he showed everybody he can do the job.
“With Chelsea I think he will do the same thing. Everyone knows at Chelsea that the first choice will be Alvaro Morata but you have to play well to keep your position to be the first choice.
“If you don’t play well, you know behind you, you have a striker [Giroud]. If he has his chance to play, maybe he will take it. That’s why I like it. That lifts the level of the training and that then lifts the performance of the players.
“You need to have competition between the players because you have to play in many competitions. You have to play in the Champions League, FA Cup, Carabao Cup and Premier League. We know it is very difficult for the players to play all the games.
“Some players can be tired. Some players can be injured. The players who don’t start, they will have their opportunity to play but he has to be ready when his manager needs him.
“I don’t just look at it as the competition between the two strikers. The best will play, for sure, but when you are at the training ground, you are friends and colleagues. You are not there to fight against each other because you do the same job. What both players want is to see their team win every game or lift some trophies.”
Gallas who now works as a pundit on SFR Sport in France, made more than 200 appearances for Chelsea in five years at the club, winning back-to-back Premier League titles, including the first one for 50 years at the west London club in 2004-05.