Danny Murphy was full of praise for in-form Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud after he scored his fifth goal in two matches against Leeds but picked out his team-mates Thiago Silva and N’Golo Kante as those who were deserving of praise.
Frank Lampard’s side were forced to fight their way back from 1-0 down after former Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford opened the scoring in the fourth minute.
Giroud’s strike saw them go in level at half-time, before a Kurt Zouma header and a stoppage time goal from Christian Pulisic wrapped up three points in a 3-1 win.
The victory saw Chelsea move to the top of the Premier League on Saturday night and their recent rise can be traced back to the improved defensive stability.
And Murphy was keen to single out Silva and Kante for their ‘superb’ performances against Leeds.
‘He [Giroud] was excellent but we need to mention Kante’s performance and Thiago Silva.
‘They were both superb and Frank was right to mention Leeds’ qualities as well.
‘But Giroud deserves all the credit in the world. If you play the game at the top level, you know how important a striker like he is to the team. He is the focal point.
‘He looks so up for it. He’s full of confidence after scoring four in midweek.
‘Of course, all good strikers gamble on space. It was a superb finish.
‘People were talking about him leaving, talking about him going in January, he obviously wants to play in the Euros. He’s undroppable at the moment. He really is that good and deserves great credit for his attitude.’