"Chelsea can't afford to let Giroud go" – Hasselbaink urged Lampard to dam the formulated striker's exit

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Former Stamford Bridge favorite says the Blues must do whatever it takes to keep a player who "makes the difference" this season

Chelsea "can't afford" to let Olivier Giroud go in the winter transfer window, according to Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who has called on Frank Lampard to block the formidable striker's exit.

Giroud has improved his reputation as one of the most consistent center-forwards in the Premier League since joining Arsenal for £ 18m ($ 24m) in January 2018.

The Frenchman has scored 35 goals in 99 games in all competitions for the Blues, despite being largely a substitute, while getting his hands on the FA Cup and Europa League.

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At the beginning of the 2020/21 season, Frank Lampard initially decided to sign Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham before the 34-year-old in the summer, but the experienced front man has put himself back into the competition with a series of eye-catching displays.

Giroud scored all four goals in the 4-0 Champions League win in Seville last week after making a rare start and kept his place on the team for Saturday's home game against Leeds United.

The World Cup winner, slated to become a free agent at the end of the season, opened the gate in Chelsea's 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge, leaving Lampard with a welcome picking headache ahead of the busy Christmas season.

Giroud has admitted that he may need to move from West London in the New Year to increase his chances of playing for France at the next European Championships, but Hasselbaink says the Blues must do whatever it takes to make sure they do keep his services.

"I don't think they can afford to let Giroud go," the former Chelsea forward told Premier League Productions. "Even if he's not number one. Come off the bank and do something else. I know he wants to leave, but I think Frank has to be very selfish there and say no.

“Maybe he can call Deschamps and talk to Deschamps and say, 'Okay, what does he have to do to be on your team? How much does he have to play?' And talk to Giroud: 'Okay "You will definitely play as many games as you can go to the European Championship."

"I don't know, but maybe Frank has to be a little creative to keep him because I think he's important to the team. His teammates love him. They love him. That's why it's important to do that together hold.

"In the beginning he hardly played but then Chelsea got a little bit of trouble with the strikers. He started playing and he saved them I think to get fourth because it was crucial."

"He scored important goals so he got a little extra time and then it's a little bit the same this year. Abraham started scoring goals and he came off the bench, but right now, at the right time, he's doing it Difference and I don't think Chelsea can afford to let him go. "

Hasselbaink added to Giroud's ability to get the most out of his team-mates: "He hasn't scored regularly but he's done other things well, made other people play better and let other people score more goals."

"When you have a successful team we always see the striker score 30 goals but he's not that person. Yes, he scored four goals in the middle of the week but that didn't happen that often."

"When you see how many hat tricks he has, I don't think he has a lot of hat tricks, but he makes other people around him play better.

"I don't think he's that kind of a player (who should be judged by how many goals he scores). We all have our strengths and I think that's his strength that makes other people play better."

"Lately he's also been scoring more and important goals. Today 1-0 – he scores a lot of 1-0, 1-1, 2-1 and not many strikers do that. The strikers who score 1-0 and 1-0 important goals, these are the strikers you want. "

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