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Tammy Abraham started Chelsea’s first game of the season as Chelsea lost to Manchester United at Old Trafford last Sunday.
However, the young forward is yet to start a game since then as Frank Lampard went for the experience of Olivier Giroud for the Super Cup final against Liverpool. Giroud did well and scored a goal in that game and Lampard also decided to start him for the game against Leicester City.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has now explained his decision to start Giroud ahead of Abraham.
“I thought Tammy did well last week and unfortunately, he didn’t get his goal. If he gets that goal and the ball goes in off the post it’s a completely different feeling for him,” he told Sky Sports.
“It will be a season where I’ve got competition up there and Oli scored in the week, did well against Liverpool so I’ve just gone with him.
“I’ve got choices, it’s the same in midfield. It was difficult to take [Mateo] Kovacic out for today… midfield is very busy for us with good players and good choices and he didn’t deserve at all not to be playing but I have to make decisions and that’s what I’ve gone with.”
Former Liverpool star Steve Nicol isn’t convinced Abraham is a Premier League striker yet and wants Chelsea boss Frank Lampard to play Olivier Giroud instead.
“Tammy Abraham is not a centre-forward for the Premier League, and you have to play Giroud,” Nicol told ESPN FC.