That’s the view of former Blues striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink, who doesn’t think the Premier League table toppers can win the title without the Frenchman.
Giroud – who is hoping to be part of Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the postponed Euro 2020 next summer – has been linked with an exit after seeing his game time limited this season.
He forced his way into Lampard’s plans by scoring four goals in a 4-0 win against Sevilla in midweek and followed it up by scoring against Leeds in his first league start of the season on Saturday.
His eye-catching performances may convince teams to try and lure him away from Stamford Bridge in January, particularly if Lampard doesn’t keep starting him regularly.
But Hasselbaink says Lampard has to make sure that the veteran Frenchman sticks around or risk suffering the consequences.
‘I don’t think they can afford to let Giroud go,’ Hasselbaink told Premier League Productions when asked if Chelsea could win the Premier League without him. ‘Even if he’s not number one. Coming off the bench and making something different.
‘I know that he is going to want to leave but I think Frank has to be very selfish there and say no.
‘Maybe he can call Deschamps and have that conversation with Deschamps saying, “Okay, what does he need to do to be in your team? How much does he need to play?” and have that conversation with Giroud, “Okay, you’re going to play this amount of matches for sure so you can go to the European Championship”.
‘I don’t know but maybe Frank has to be a little bit creative to just keep him because I think he’s important for the team. His team-mates love him. They love him. So to keep that together is also important.
‘In the beginning he hardly played but then Chelsea became a little bit in trouble with the forward players. He started playing and he saved them, I think, to get that fourth place because he was crucial.
While Giroud may not be the most prolific goalscorer, Hasselbaink is convinced he shouldn’t be judged on goals alone.
‘He’s not been scoring regularly but he’s been doing other things well, making other people play better and letting other people score more goals,’ added the Dutchman.
‘When you have a successful team we always look at the striker scoring 30 goals. But he is not that kind of person. Yes, he scored in midweek four goals but it hasn’t happened that often. If you look how many hat-tricks he has, I don’t think he has a lot of hat-tricks but he does make other people around him play better.
‘I don’t think he is that kind of player [who should be judged on how many goals he scores]. We all have our strengths and I think that is his strength, making other people play better.
‘And of late he’s scoring also more and important goals. Today, 1-0… he scores a lot of 1-0s, 1-1s, 2-1s and not a lot of strikers do that. The strikers that score 1-0 and important goals, those are the strikers that you want.’