Chelsea striker to leave in January?

English Premier League

Olivier Giroud's agent Michael Manuello has revealed the striker might need to weigh up his options in January after the lack of game time.

Despite playing a key role in helping the Blues secure fourth spot last season, Giroud has slipped down the pecking order behind Timo Werner and Tammy Abraham this term.

After France manager Didier Deschamps expressed concern about Giroud's playing time, his agent echoed those sentiments.

“Effectively, since the start of September, things have changed but what has not changed is his capacity to play matches for France, contrary to what was said by certain others,” Manuello told FootMercato.

“There have been €150m worth of players bought. But at the same time you’d be blind not to see that Frank Lampard has decided to put Tammy Abraham ahead of him.

“It is not frankly fair when you look at what Olivier did at the end of the season. But he (Lampard) has the right, it is his choice.

“So effectively if things continue like this, in December we will find ourselves where we were in December 2019.

“Things have happened in the last five months. We cannot just look at the last two months and be forgetful about the three years that came before it.

“But we have to be honest and, if this continues, we will have to, first and foremost for him, experience other emotions.”

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