Before the coronavirus outbreak stopped football, there was no doubt that Tammy Abraham was the clubs number one striker and is still the club stop-goalscorer this season, but that has chanced over the past few weeks.
Since the re-start of Football, Frank Lampard has opted to put Olivier Giroud up top with the Frenchman netting an impressive five goals in as many games to help Chelsea close in on a Champions League place for next season.
And Hasselbaink says Abraham must learn from Giroud, who he has described as a “breath of fresh air”, and thinks Giroud brings more to Lampard’s starting XI than Abraham at the moment.
“They are two different players,” the Chelsea legend told Premier League Productions. “What Abraham has to learn, look at him (Giroud)… he brings other players in, he makes other players look better.
“For me, he (Giroud) needs to score more goals. At times he can be more selfish but what he does and brings to the team is an outlet and that outlet the majority of the time is very secure.
“With Abraham at times – especially in the last few matches – it’s been erratic. At the beginning of the season, he was brilliant and it’s normal because it’s his first year at Chelsea at a high level.
“There will always be a difficult time for him and that’s what’s happening now. Giroud has been brilliant, a breath of fresh air.”
Asked what the main difference between Giroud and Abraham is, Hasselbaink responded: “One thing Giroud is really good at is his movement.
“If you see [his goal] he is with the defender but then all of a sudden he’s gone. It’s a feeling and he has that feeling of where the ball is going to go.
“At the moment it’s not really working for Tammy Abraham and Giroud is picking up the pieces. He’s been so important for Chelsea.”
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