Former Chelsea striker reveals why he’s excited about Tammy Abraham

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Tammy Abraham played his first full season for Chelsea, and the academy product impressed as he bagged 18 goals in all competitions.

Ahead of last season, Abraham was pressured as to how he’d cope with being the club’s first choice striker, and the young forward took it easily as he was on fire in the first half of the season.

Former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink hailed Abraham’s performance last season, and has admitted that he was pleased with how the young striker held his own in his first season at the club.

Hasselbaink also revealed that he was pleased with Tammy Abraham’s improvement in his movement over the course of the season.

“I’m excited for Chelsea and the strikers they have now,” said the 48-year-old. “Tammy [Abraham] and [Timo] Werner are both improving in different aspects of their play and their careers.

“Tammy is young so he has things to learn and improve on but what I’ve been impressed with is his movement, which you could see got better throughout the last season.”

He went on: “It was a season with great pressure for him, leading the line for a big team with big expectations.

“Now he has the pressure of not only repeating that, but building on it and taking his game to the next level to continue his progress. That challenge can bring the best out of players – those with the right attitude and desire to succeed.”

Hasselbaink also believes that Abraham can learn from the more experienced Olivier Giroud, especially from his hold-up play.

“With Olivier Giroud behind him, Tammy has a great teacher. I was impressed with how he [Giroud] finished the season and Tammy can learn so much from him, like how he holds up the ball. That’s a vital part of a striker’s game.”

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