Gianfranco Zola gives verdict on Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham following Man Utd loss

Gianfranco Zola gives verdict on Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham following Man Utd loss

That’s according to Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola, who spoke to beIN Sports about the youngster’s future at the Blues.

Abraham was given the No 9 shirt in the summer after an impressive pre-season under new boss Frank Lampard.

Last season, the England Under-21 international spent the season on loan with Aston Villa and helped them get promoted.

When Lampard was appointed manager in July on a three-year deal, the former midfielder was quick to ensure that some of Chelsea’s younger players got their chance to break into the first team.

And Lampard decided that against Manchester United on the opening day of the season, he would start Abraham and Mason Mount.

Chelsea ultimately lost the game 4-0 after individual errors saw United capitalise on a noticeably inexperience Blues team.

Abraham did, though, hit the post in the opening 10 minutes of the game, before showing some good hold-up play moments for the remainder of his time on the pitch.

And Zola, who was assistant manager at Chelsea last season when Maurizio Sarri was in charge, believes Abraham will have to adjust to life in England’s top flight at first.

“Maybe in the beginning he might suffer because you know the difference from the Championship and the Premier League is huge,” he said.

“He will have to adapt but he has a lot of energy, he’s positive.

“I think in the end he will get to the level he needs to be.”

Zola also mentioned that Abraham would need better service from his team-mates, who in the Italian’s opinion, underperformed against United.

“But he will have to be supported more from the others, Pedro will have to produce more offensively and also all the others,” he added.

Chelsea come up against Liverpool next in the Super Cup final on Wednesday in Istanbul.

The west London side will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they host Leicester at the weekend.

Published at Mon, 12 Aug 2019 18:25:00 +0000