Former Chelsea player Joe Cole has described current Chelsea player Olivier Giroud as the most underrated player in the Premier League. Joe Cole was full of praise for Giroud after the match and believes the World Cup winner doesn’t get the credit he deserves. The Frenchman scored the winner for the Blues against Rennes in the Champions League to help Lampard’s men qualify for the second round with two matches left.
With just a couple of minutes of injury time left on the clock, Giroud made his telling contribution after he leaped high in the air to head in a last-gasp winner.
‘I think he’s (Giroud) one of the Premier League’s most underrated players, he consistently performs whether it be for Arsenal or Chelsea,’ Cole said on BT Sport.
‘It’s not just moments like today such as getting the winning goal, it’s his general demeanour around the place, he’s a good player in the dressing room.
‘There’s a reason why Didier Deschamps relies on him for France. Frank will not want Giroud walking out of the door in January.
‘It was a great header from Giroud. That was amazing.’
The goal comes after Giroud has once again found himself on the fringes of Lampard’s plans, leaving him to think about a move away from Stamford Bridge in January to get regular minutes in order to secure selection for France at next summer’s Euros.