Tammy Abraham said Olivier Giroud has still being putting in extra shooting practice after training despite spending January looking for a way to leave Chelsea.
The France forward was unable to secure a move away after the club failed to land any of their own transfer targets.
Frank Lampard has insisted that Giroud can still play a key role for the Blues this season but he was not part of the squad that travelled to Leicester City for Saturday’s 2-2 draw.
Abraham, though, said that Giroud has been influential for him during and after training, where they often have finishing competitions.
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“He is like a big brother to me,” the 22-year-old said. “His attitude has been great.
“In training we are always doing finishing competitions and we have a lot of competition after training as well.
“It is nice to have that because I have grown up watching him. He is a fantastic striker and he has been encouraging of many of the young lads.”
Asked if he was surprised to see the World Cup winner get so few opportunities this season, Abraham added: “You never know, these things happen in football. Sometimes you are at the top and sometimes you are not.
“It is about staying professional and as focused as you can to keep trying.”
That failure to sign a new striker has led to added responsibility for Abraham, who played through Saturday’s game with an ankle injury requiring painkillers.
But he insists that he will not feel any more pressure than before as Chelsea attempt to keep hold of fourth place with a Champions League tie against Bayern Munich to come.
“I think playing for a club like Chelsea there is always going to be pressure,” he said. “For me it is about being in the right place at the right time and believing in myself and my abilities as well.
“I am sure I will score a few…