Tammy Abraham reveals he devilishly attempts to ‘steal some ideas’ from team-mate Olivier Giroud as Chelsea striker opens up on how Frenchman is mentoring him to reach the next level
- Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham started the season behind new signing Timo Werner
- But the 23-year-old forward has won his place back in the central striking role
- Abraham admits guidance of experienced frontman Olivier Giroud has helped
Tammy Abraham admitted he is learning a lot from fellow Chelsea strker Olivier Giroud.
The 23-year-old Chelsea academy product was first-choice no 9 last season, scoring 18 goals in all competitions and impressing alongside fellow youth team graduates Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
His minutes had been reduced this season following the arrival of £47.5million signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig.
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham initially struggled to get into the team early on this campaign
But guidance from Olivier Giroud (centre) has helped him win back his place in the side
But Abraham has won back his place in the side, starting six of the Blues’ last seven games, and stated team-mate Giroud’s guidance was crucial in his improvement.
He told the Chelsea website: ‘Of course, I learn a lot from him. He’s someone I grew up watching on TV so it’s great for me to be training with him now every day.
‘I like to watch him and steal some ideas to add to my own game. I look at the way he holds the ball up and try to add parts of his game to mine.
Abraham and Giroud have shared minutes this season after the recent signing of Timo Werner
The 105-cap French international, 34, scored a magnificent four goals against Sevilla in Europe
‘He gives me advice all the time. We were on the plane back from Newcastle the other day and I asked him what he thought of my header that the keeper saved.
‘He gave me good criticism and things I can work on to score more headers.’
There is now healthy competition for the central striking role at Stamford Bridge, with 34-year-old Giroud offering a valuable option on as well as off the pitch.
Former Arsenal forward Giroud was praised by Glenn Hoddle after scoring all four goals in the 4-0 Champions League rout at Sevilla on Wednesday.
Frank Lampard also has the option of putting Werner wide left and playing the German in conjunction with Abraham or Giroud up front.
Although Lampard’s side failed to score against a resolute Tottenham Hotspur last weekend, they face Leeds on Saturday evening with the chance to go top of the table if they win.