The former Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood told Sky Sport The Debate that Olivier Giroud fits Chelsea’s players and style more than under-fire forward Alvaro Morata.
Tim Sherwood believes new Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri should keep Morata having given him the nod in their first game of the season at Huddersfield Town last weekend.
“You need to make [Morata] feel like the main man,” he said. “How long do you do it for? You can’t relinquish points and Chelsea can’t lose ground on the leaders, and you’ve got someone who is a World Cup winner in Olivier Giroud sat on the sidelines, who has been a proven goalscorer at Arsenal.
“He’s a player who can come off the bench and score as well, he affects the game. I think he’s their main threat. If you asked the number 10s around him, like Hazard and Willian, they probably play better with him than Morata at the moment. But it’s for Sarri to get the best out of him, and maybe that’ll be what he’s good at.
“He won’t give up on him, but it’s how long he gives it and he’s got someone in there like Gianfranco Zola who can help with that transition as well. They’ll be in and around him. He’s one of the best players we’ve ever seen in the Premier League, and bringing him back was a masterstroke.
“Morata has a history of playing at the top level and scoring goals; he just needs time to click in the Premier League. The manager will be telling him things have changed now, we’ll play to your strengths and we need you to score. And if he does, he could go on to have a good season.”