Tammy Abraham’s promising start to the season has undoubtedly justified the decision of Chelsea manager Frank Lampard to place his faith in him.
But veteran striker Olivier Giroud believes he’s the one to provide the attacking focal point that has been missing since Diego Costa left Stamford Bridge.
“Today when you talk about character and enthusiasm to play for this club, Tammy’s right up there,” Lampard said after Abraham’s brace against Norwich.
The opening weeks of the campaign have confirmed that in Lampard’s eyes, the position is Abraham’s to lose.
Lampard has made no secret of his intention to develop a pathway from the youth set up into the first team, thus Abraham has been handed the kind of opportunity so often denied to youngsters attempting to break through at a club contesting the Champions League.
As an academy product he, like Mason Mount, has the backing of Blues supporters anxious to see homegrown talent come through.
But Giroud has made it clear he has no intention of sitting back and accepting the role of deputy to a player 11 years his junior.
“Obviously not,” the France international told Le Figaro this week when asked if he was resigned to being No 2.
“I have goals in my head. I’m here to help the next generation, but the time for retirement has not come.
“I’m still hungry and have a lot of ambition.
“I don’t want to be Chelsea’s No 2 striker, for sure.
“Just because I’m here as an older brother for the younger players, it doesn’t mean I’m out on the sidelines.”
The Blues resume Premier League action with a tricky trip to the Molineux to take on Wolves.