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Last season, Olivier Giroud started as the club’s third choice striker, but he played a huge role in the second half of the season to help Chelsea seal a top four spot.
This season, he has yet again proven to Blues boss Frank Lampard that he can be an important player, after recent performances against Rennes, Sevilla and Leeds United.
Giroud was keen on leaving Chelsea in the January transfer window to get more play time, but former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, has told Lampard to be selfish in his decision and keep the striker than let him go.
“I don’t think they can afford to let Giroud go,” Hasselbaink told Premier League Productions when asked if Chelsea could win the Premier League without him.
“Even if he’s not number one. Coming off the bench and making something different.
“I know that he is going to want to leave but I think Frank has to be very selfish there and say no.
“Maybe he can call Deschamps and have that conversation with Deschamps saying, ‘Okay, what does he need to do to be in your team? How much does he need to play?’ and have that conversation with Giroud, ‘Okay, you’re going to play this amount of matches for sure so you can go to the European Championship’.
“I don’t know but maybe Frank has to be a little bit creative to just keep him because I think he’s important for the team. His team-mates love him. They love him. So to keep that together is also important.
“In the beginning he hardly played but then Chelsea became a little bit in trouble with the forward players. He started playing and he saved them, I think, to get that fourth place because he was crucial.
“He was scoring important goals, that’s why he got a little extension and then this year it’s a little bit the same. Abraham started, scoring goals and he has come from the bench. But at the moment, at the right time, he’s making the difference and I don’t think that Chelsea can afford to let him go.”