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Frank Lampard currently has three strikers at his disposal – Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.
However, only Abraham and Giroud have featured for the Blues so far in Chelsea’s first two games of the season, with Batshuayi looking out of favour at the moment.
Batshuayi was surprisingly omitted from the Chelsea squad that played our last pre-season against Borussia Monchengladbach, and it has since been suggested that the Chelsea striker might not be a part of Lampard’s side this season.
Although the Premier League transfer window has closed, the European window closes on September 2, and Italian Serie A side Roma are keen on prying Batshuayi away from the west London club in the coming weeks.
However, Belgian outfit HLN claims that Lampard will not allow the misfiring forward to leave this summer, as he needs his three attacking options.
Giroud and Abraham are currently fighting for the role of first choice striker, and while Giroud was on target against Liverpool on Wednesday night, Abraham spurned a penalty that caused Chelsea the Super Cup trophy.
Dan Ripley of Daily Mail has advised Lampard to make Giroud his first choice striker this season until Abraham progresses.
“Lampard has now experimented with Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham in attack and at this stage it is France’s World Cup winner that should lead the line,” Ripley wrote in Daily Mail.
“The 32-year-old took his goal well and deserves a run in the first team which he has not been seriously given in his previous 18 months at the club.
“That’s not to write off Abraham, who won a penalty, and has shown glimpses of his talent in the first two games under Lampard. But time is on his side and Giroud’s experience is vital to a team not blessed with it.”