Who do you think is the Premier League’s most underrated player?
According to Chelsea legend Joe Cole, that title goes to Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, who came off the bench to score Chelsea’s winner in the 2-1 victory over Rennes on Tuesday.
Giroud made his telling contribution after he leaped high in the air to head in a last-gasp winner and Cole was full of praise for the World Cup winner.
“I think he’s (Giroud) one of the Premier League’s most underrated players, he consistently performs whether it be for Arsenal or Chelsea,” Cole told BT Sport.
“It’s not just moments like today such as getting the winning goal, it’s his general demeanour around the place, he’s a good player in the dressing room.”
Meanwhile, Giroud’s agent has blasted Chelsea boss Frank Lampard for ‘unfairly’ picking Tammy Abraham ahead of him – and warned if things don’t change the striker will look to leave in January.
Speaking to FootMercato in France, Michael Manuello said: “Effectively, since the start of September, things have changed but what has not changed is his capacity to play matches for France, contrary to what was said by certain others.
“There have been €150m worth of players bought. But at the same time you’d be blind not to see that Frank Lampard has decided to put Tammy Abraham ahead of him.
“It is not frankly fair when you look at what Olivier did at the end of the season. But he (Lampard) has the right, it is his choice.
“So effectively if things continue like this, in December we will find ourselves where we were in December 2019. Things have happened in the last five months.
“We cannot just look at the last two months and be forgetful about the three years that came before it. But we have to be honest and if this continues, we will have to, first and foremost for him, experience other emotions.”