Chelsea legend Didier Drogba believes Tammy Abraham picked up a few tricks by watching him in training during his days at the club.
Abraham looks set to follow in Drogba’s footsteps at Chelsea after scoring an incredible seven goals in his last three Premier League games. It’s given fans hope that the club’s season can be salvaged despite their transfer ban.
For many club insiders, though, the 21-year-old’s rise to stardom is no big surprise. He has, in fact, been a part of the Chelsea set-up since U-eight level and progressed all the way through the academy.
And now Drogba has revealed that he’s also not one bit surprised by Abraham’s progress at Stamford Bridge.
“Yeah, I’ve known him [Abraham] since he’s been like this,” said the Blues icon.
“These are kids we used to see, they used to come and watch us training, and I believe they learned a little bit of our skills, how we read the game.
“So, you know, we’re not surprised because I also trained with them when I used to train with the reserve team.
“It was always a moment for me to give away some skills, some knowledge, and they learnt really fast, really quick.
“So once again, I’m not surprised with what I’ve seen [with Abraham].”
The Ivorian also praised his former team-mate Frank Lampard’s work as the Chelsea manager this season.
The 41-year-old, who only has one full season of coaching experience under his belt at Derby County, has placed his focus on youth.
And this has opened the door for the likes of Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori to take centre-stage this season.
“I think he (Lampard) is focusing on Chelsea and it happens that he needs to work on young players, to give them a chance.
“Being an ex-player from the club, it helps a lot because we’ve seen all these kids when we were training.
“So, you know, you have to give them a chance and when you do, they deliver.
“They’ve been performing. Of course, there will be maybe a lack of experience in big games like Champions League but I’m not worried.
“I’m really happy with the work that Frank is doing right now. And the fans, and the people who know football, they understand.”