Frank Lampard’s tactical “issue” with Olivier Giroud explained amid Tammy Abraham dilemma
Frank Lampard has a major selection dilemma on his hands ahead of Chelsea ’s showdown with Leeds on Saturday night.
The Blues are flying right now under Lampard, with a comprehensive 4-0 victory away at Sevilla in midweek the latest high point of an encouraging start to the 2020/21 campaign.
It was a night for Olivier Giroud to savour more than anyone, scoring all four of their goals in Spain and leaving his manager with a real conundrum ahead of this weekend’s clash with Leeds.
The sole reason Lampard opted for Giroud, whose start in Seville was only his second of the season so far, at the pinpoint of his attack was to give Tammy Abraham some much-needed rest before the visit of Marcelo Bielsa’s side to Stamford Bridge.
Yet the French veteran’s inspired Champions League display has heaped pressure on Lampard to start him again on Saturday, despite his probable plans to bring Abraham back into the fold.
He now faces a difficult stick-or-twist decision: ignore calls for Giroud to get the nod and keep the faith in first-choice marksman Abraham, 23, or bank on the former’s superior experience and rich vein of form.
Though according to The Athletic, Lampard prefers Abraham to be leading his line because of the lack of threat Giroud poses when a ball is played in behind.
It is believed the main “issue” he sees with the 34-year-old is his inability to cause problems in behind defences, as well as his lack of pressing off the ball.
A source is quoted as saying: “I think Lampard sees what happened tactically in the FA Cup final loss to Arsenal as an example.
“With Giroud not having the speed to run in behind Arsenal’s defence, Arsenal pushed higher up the pitch and were able to press Chelsea more.
“Going forward, I believe he just has a different plan for what he wants the team to do, how he wants them to play.”
Abraham has been in solid form himself of late, scoring five goals in 15 appearances this season despite the £54million arrival of Timo Werner.
Werner, has has scored eight goals in 16 games since making the move from RB Leipzig, has been used primarily on the left-hand side by Lampard.