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Chelsea star cites Van Dijk as his toughest opponent

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Tammy Abraham is playing in a form of his life after returning to Chelsea this summer from the loan in Aston Villa.

The English striker scored nine goals in all competitions, with eight of those coming in the Premier League.

Frank Lampard seems to be getting the best out of his young core.

Both Abraham and Mount are playing the football of their lives, as Mason Mount joined the scoring with four goals himself.

Showers of praise arrive for Abraham from all sides. However, Chelsea’s primary-choice striker is still firmly on the ground.

All of this resulted in Abraham getting the England call-up from Gareth Southgate.

Even though Abraham scored at will, one team he couldn’t get past is Liverpool on two occasions.

The reason for this is Virgil van Dijk, who won the PFA Player of the Year award last season.

Asked about the Dutchman in an interview with Daily Mail, Tammy said:

“He’s a beast. He’s just good at what he does. He’s experienced.

“I try to do a little… I try to use my tricks in my head but his understanding of the game is top drawer.”

Abraham didn’t stop there, explaining in detail what it’s like to play against Van Dijk:

“It is to do with little things. Movement. My movement in the box, some defenders don’t pay attention to me — they are only focused on the ball.

“With him, it’s kind of both, he’s paying attention to me and the ball, knows where I am, knows where I want to go, follows me.

“It’s quite annoying for a striker – just leave me alone!”

Abraham definitely earned his place, as he’s played for Bristol, Swansea, and Aston Villa:

“I’ve had other experiences when I’ve gone out on loan again — back into the Championship, which wasn’t ideal for me at the time but brought a lot of positives,” he commented.

“Going back into the war zone, as they call it, I got to toughen up.

“Although I didn’t score as many goals at Swansea as I would have liked to, I got to enjoy football again and started scoring at Villa and then had a great end to the season.

“I’ve always believed in myself, it’s still early. I’ve got to keep on trying to help the team.”