Chelsea legend Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink believes Tammy Abraham has failed to kick on this season.
Abraham’s playtime has been more limited this season, making 12 appearances across all competitions but only starting four times in the Premier League, much down to the arrival of summer signing Timo Werner, though Frank Lampard has played both in recent weeks.
Despite reduced minutes, Abraham has managed four goals and five assists from his 12 outings, form which has seen him preferred to veteran frontman Olivier Giroud.
Even so, Hasselbaink is still yet to be convinced by the England international, claiming he must work on his movement.
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“I haven’t seen a big improvement in Tammy Abraham this season at Chelsea,” he said when speaking exclusively to Ladbrokes at its launch of the 5-A-Side Bet on Leeds v Arsenal.
“Things looked really promising last year, but for me, he hasn’t kicked on. It doesn’t matter that Frank Lampard has brought in players – Abraham is still getting enough playtime.
“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.”
Tammy Abraham celebrates scoring Chelsea’s first goal in their 4-1 win over Sheffield United
(Image: Chris Lee – Chelsea FC/Chelsea FC via Getty Images)
Hasselbaink also spoke about Kepa Arrizabalaga’s troubles at Stamford Bridge, claiming the Spaniard can’t play in England, leaving Chelsea with a ‘big problem’.
“It’s a big, big problem Chelsea have with Kepa,” he added. “They have invested £70m in him and we all know he’s not worth that amount of money. But you want to recoup as much of that…