It was a season of two halves for Chelsea strikers Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud.
Abraham started the season in bright fashion and was a contender for the highest goalscorer in the league. However, his goals dried up from January.
Interestingly, Olivier Giroud was billed to leave the club in the January transfer window, but for a lack of replacement, Frank Lampard refused to let him go. Giroud ended up being our main striker in the second half of the season and his goals have helped Chelsea seal a top four place and also reach the finals of the FA Cup.
Former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has hailed Giroud’s attitude despite being snubbed in the first half of the season and hailed his performance in the second half of the campaign.
“Olivier Giroud, just a big mention for him,” Sherwood told Premier League Productions.
“Tammy Abraham started the season so well, scoring lots of goals, everyone thought that Frank was just looking to the academy but in fact he kept himself right, he dried up a little bit Tammy, picked up some injuries and they could not score a goal.
“So they had to look to someone who had been pushed to one side, yeah [he nearly left] but he’s professionalism has to be noted.
“Correct attitude in training, get yourself back in the side, not cry to his agent, just roll his sleeves up and prove to the manager, Frank Lampard, that ‘I’m actually still around and I’m a World Cup winner and I’m your best option’ and he’s proved that, Olivier Giroud.
“The kids are good, bring them into your squad, but you can only be as good as your experienced players and I think players like him, [Cesar] Azpilicueta have helped them out massively.”