Here are your Chelsea evening headlines for Friday, November 20.
Hasselbaink pinpoints how Abraham needs to improve
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink knows all about what it takes to score goals for Chelsea, so Tammy Abraham may well be tempted to take the Dutchman’s advice on board.
Hasselbaink scored 69 goals in four Premier League seasons for the Blues, helping them finish second in 2003/04, and has spoken about what he believes Abraham needs to do to make the most of his opportunities at Stamford Bridge.
“I haven’t seen a big improvement in Tammy Abraham this season at Chelsea,” the former striker said, speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leeds v Arsenal.
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“I think he can improve his hold-up play significantly. I also think he needs to work on his movement when players are coming in from wide positions.
“He’s making straight runs and there’s not enough sharp movement to take defenders out of position to create space. He doesn’t do that enough – and if he did I think he’d score a lot more goals.”
Abraham scored 15 league goals for Chelsea last season, but has only added two in seven top-flight appearances this term.
Things noticed from Chelsea training
Chelsea can temporarily go top of the Premier League with a win at Newcastle on Saturday lunchtime, but there are still some question marks selection-wise.
The Blues’ training session ahead of the game may have given some clues, though, with Kai Havertz returning from self-isolation to return to the training ground. The German is still working on his fitness, having not played since Halloween due to a positive Coronavirus test, but should be in the mix to feature in the Champions League during the week if this game comes too soon for him.
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