Higginbotham discusses Girouds importance to Chelsea and Hazard

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first_imgFormer Sunderland and Stoke City defender Danny Higginbotham insists Olivier Giroud’s importance to Chelsea and star player Eden Hazard should not be underestimated.The former Arsenal striker who joined the Blues in January this year, has started Chelsea’s last four Premier League games and although he has yet to find the net, Hazard has scored five times during that period.Hazard hailed Giroud “as the best target man in the world” after they combined to help Chelsea to a relatively comfortable 4-1 win over Cardiff City in September.The France international striker made two of Hazard’s three goals at Stamford Bridge in that game and has provided two more goals for the Belgian captain since, and his presence as the focal point in attack has helped Chelsea to joint-top of the Premier League after eight games.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“He suits Hazard, Pedro and Willian,” he told Sky Sports’ The Debate.“He drags centre-backs out which makes space for others – he’s so difficult to mark.”“That’s what separates him and Alvaro Morata, who is a centre-forward that likes to stretch the game but he doesn’t create space. Giroud has different characteristics to Diego Costa but their style of play is very similar. They both like to drop deep. It’s no surprise to see that Hazard had a fruitful season when playing with Costa – he was getting into dangerous areas all the time and Giroud is providing the same option.”last_img

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