Chelsea have been regularly linked with the likes of Dries Mertens, Moussa Dembele, Timo Werner and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. But would any of them complement Chelsea’s other attackers in the manner of Giroud?

Perhaps not. Their own abilities in front of goal might make that irrelevant anyway, but Chelsea will want to get the best out of the players behind the frontman.

A forward like Raul Jimenez at Wolves might fit the bill, although his club would almost certainly be reluctant to sell.

Lampard, then, finds himself in a strange situation: searching for a replacement for a player who, until the last few months, appeared to be entirely dispensable.