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Not many strikers remain in good shape once they cross the 30-years mark, but Blues star Olivier Giroud seems to be getting better with age.
The 34-year-old has been in top form recently, and he backed up a four-goal heroic against Sevilla with another goal against Leeds United last weekend.
Speaking ahead of the trip to the Goodison Park, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has admitted that Giroud is even looking very fit and the Blues boss has been amazed with his physicality.
“I look at him physically at the moment and I do see him as strong and as physically fit as he’s ever been. You can see that’s he fresh and young in the mind,” Lampard said on The 5th Stand app.
Meanwhile, Premier League legend Alan Shearer believes that Giroud can play a key role for Chelsea this season.
“Olivier Giroud is already 34, and his four-goal performance away at Sevilla last week was exceptional — and he backed it up with another good striker’s goal against Leeds on Saturday,” Alan Shearer wrote for The Athletic.
“Giroud will have been frustrated on the sidelines so far this season. He’ll have looked at Tammy Abraham and how he didn’t make the most of his chances against Tottenham the previous weekend — the two Reece James crosses in that game were dreamland for centre-forwards.
“I can imagine Giroud sat there going, ‘I’d have buried that’ — and now he’s proved it when he got his chance.
“But even if he isn’t a regular, Giroud can still play a key part, not only in Chelsea’s season but in Abraham’s season.
“When I spoke to Frank Lampard recently, he made it clear that Giroud is a great professional, one of the first to congratulate Tammy, give him advice, applaud him off the pitch. It would be easy for Giroud to sit there and sulk, to say he wants a bigger part of the action, but he doesn’t.
“Players like him, proper centre-forwards, are often used as a Plan B these days.”