Frank Lampard and Chelsea could be heading into a bit of a problem, as Olivier Giroud has revealed he is unhappy with how his current situation at the club is.
Speaking to Le Pèlerin, the France international has admitted that he does not accept how things are going, although he has refused to openly criticise the manager.
“Accept it? No, I do not accept it,” he said. “You do not have to be fatalistic in certain situations. I have always been respectful and humble. Even if I do not agree with the coach, I do not criticise him.
“But in myself, I cannot accept it because I know what I’m worth on a pitch. Last year, when I felt that I deserved to play, I asked the coach for explanations.”
Indeed, it is not hard to understand why Giroud finds himself finding it difficult to accept the role he has been given in Lampard’s side, especially after a tricky season with Maurizio Sarri last year as well.
The French forward managed to make 45 appearances for the Italian last season, however he had just seven starts in the Premier League (TransferMarkt), with the majority of his game-time coming in the Europa League – a tournament Chelsea eventually went on to win against his former club, Arsenal (BBC), as he bagged 11 goals in the 14 matches played.
As mentioned, things do not appear to have improved for the 33-year-old under the current management team at Stamford Bridge either, with Lampard opting to limit him to just five appearances so far (TransferMarkt).
However, the emergence of Tammy Abraham is something that may have to make Giroud just ‘accept’ his current role in the team. The English forward has been a mainstay in the Chelsea legend’s first-team, and has impressed with eight goals in eight top-flight appearances (per WhoScored) – a figure that means he also leads the goalscoring charts in England.
Of course, it is not difficult to understand that Giroud is unhappy with the role he has within the side at the moment and that he does not ‘accept’ it, however it appears that an awful lot will need to change before he is, perhaps, given the chance to show Lampard he is more deserving of a starting berth.
If things continue as they are, then it will surely only be a matter of time before the manager and Chelsea face trouble regarding the France international and his potential future in SW6.
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