Chelsea’s best number 9 revealed

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was on song yet again as the Frenchman scored Chelsea’s only goal against Aston Villa.

Giroud had been dropped from the team for two consecutive games despite his fine form, but he marked his return with a fine goal against the Villans.

The 34-year-old has now scored seven goals from his last five starts for Chelsea in all competitions, and former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes that the World Cup winner is Chelsea’s best striker, even ahead of Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner.

“I can’t speak highly enough of this boy,” Sherwood told Premier League Productions about Giroud.

“[He doesn’t] pick up his phone to his agent saying ‘Get me out of here because they’re not playing me’ — he rolls his sleeves up.

“He says to Frank Lampard, ‘You know what, you could spend all the money you want, I’m still the best centre forward you got’.

“And I believe he’s the best No.9 at that football club. They’re a better team with him in it.”

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