Jamie Redknapp believes Olivier Giroud has put himself in the frame to start Chelsea FC’s clash against Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
The Blues are fifth place in the Premier League table and trail both Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur in the race to secure a Champions League spot.
Antonio Conte’s men were 1-0 winners against Liverpool FC at Stamford Bridge last weekend thanks to Giroud’s first-half winner.
Giroud has scored three times in five starts and six substitute appearances in the Premier League in the current campaign.
The Blues forward will be hoping to secure a spot in Conte’s starting XI for Chelsea FC’s meeting with Manchester United in the FA Cup final.
Giroud has won the competition in three of the past four seasons with Arsenal before his January move to Chelsea FC.
Former Liverpool FC midfielder Redknapp believes Giroud is making a strong claim for a starting spot in the FA Cup showpiece.
“He played well,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“He got the winner. He is looking to get a cup final place. He is a brilliant header of the ball.”
Chelsea FC won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season after finishing seven points ahead of Tottenham Hotspur in the title race.
The Blues signed Ross Barkley, Emerson Palmieri and Giroud in the January transfer window.
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The Blues are in fifth place in the Premier League table and two points behind Liverpool FC ahead of their final game of the season.
Chelsea FC will make the trip to Newcastle United and hope that Liverpool FC lose to Brighton and Hove Albion at Anfield.
The west London side won the Premier League title with two games to spare last season to see off Tottenham’s challenge.
Antonio Conte may have won the Premier League title at the first time of asking, the Italian head coach is being tipped to leave this summer.
Chelsea FC have been linked with Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri and former Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel.
Former Liverpool FC midfielder Murphy believes Chelsea FC will bounce back stronger next term despite a difficult season.
“Whoever comes in, I would expect Chelsea to be strong next season.” Murphy told the Evening Standard.
“You might not be there long as a manager, but you have the opportunity to make a significant impact if you get it right.”
Chelsea FC signed Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, AS Roma defender Emerson Palmieri and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud in the January transfer window.
The west London side will take on bitter rivals Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley later this month.