Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher has claimed that Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard has now the right to choose the player who can start as a striker.
According to the former Liverpool defender the Belgium international has told manager Maurizio Sarri that he would much rather play alongside Olivier Giroud than Alvaro Morata.
Giroud has set up two Hazard goals as the 27-year-old scored a hat-trick during Chelsea’s 4-1 over Cardiff last weekend.
The Belgian has eventually come out with tributes to the France international insisting that the former Arsenal striker is ‘the world’s best target-man’.
Hazard said: “He’s a target man, maybe the best in the world. I think so. When he gets the ball, he can hold it and we can go with him.”
“For us, he’s a player to play with. When Alvaro was playing it is completely different, he’s a different player with different qualities, and it’s good to have two good strikers in the team.”
Watford striker Troy Deeney was working alongside Carragher on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football programme. And Deeney has said that he can compare Giroud and Hazard to the former Liverpool duo Emile Heskey and Michael Owen.
“With Giroud there, he gives Hazard that licence,” Deeney said.
“Olivier Giroud is always going to occupy at least two defenders with his size, with his frame, the way he can bring the ball down.”
“He’s not the slowest of people as well, he’s got everything to his game.”
“You talk about Heskey and Owen, Owen’s always said how good Heskey was for him, and it’s the same there.”
“I’ve been in that role sometimes, with (Odion) Ighalo and myself.”
“You get just as much satisfaction knowing that he’s scored, the team’s winning and when he’s doing interviews it’s about how great the other person is doing.”
Thereafter, Carragher has responded to Deeney as saying: “I think Hazard’s saying that, and you don’t normally hear something like that.”
“No disrespect to Morata but I think he’s probably thinking and saying to the manager really ‘I want to play with this fella more often than not’.”