By Chukwuka Joseph (AGENDAWATCHDOG) – Olivier Giroud proved his worth on Tuesday after he came off the bench to score a towering header and win Chelsea’s Champions League clash against Rennes.
After starting on the bench, Frank Lampard sent the Frenchman on in place of Tammy Abraham with the aim of getting a second goal for Chelsea.
Following Callum Hudson-Odoi’s early opener, Chelsea were pegged back by late equaliser from Sehrou Guirassy, which would have delayed their plans of reaching the knockout stages.
However, with just a couple of minutes of injury time left on the clock, Giroud made the crucial impact after he leaped high in the air to head in a last-gasp winner and send Chelsea into the knockout stages of the Champions League.
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 for next summer’s Euros.
While Lampard opted to start Abraham on Tuesday, the Chelsea boss admitted Giroud’s goal has given him food for thought going forward.
Chelsea great Joe Cole was full of praise for Giroud after the match and believes the World Cup winner doesn’t get the credit he deserves.