Manchester United legend Patrice Evra has hailed Olivier Giroud as Chelsea’s best striker after he scored against Leeds United on his first Premier League start of the season.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard handed Giroud his first Premier League start after the France international scored four times against Sevilla on Wednesday.
“I think Giroud’s only problem is his name,” Patrice Evra said told Sky Sports.
“If his name is Giroudinho or something people would like him. For me he’s the most complete striker Chelsea have and I don’t understand, because even in the French national team people always question his style.
“Even when he was at Arsenal, he’s always facing criticism. He always rises to the challenge and that’s what I love about Olivier.
“If I had him as a manager he would play in my team, 100 per cent.
“Every season we’re going to hear about a Giroud transfer saga but he’s the best striker Chelsea have right now.”
Giroud has been a distant third in Frank Lampard’s striking pecking-order so far this season, with Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham firmly ahead.
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