From an outsiders perspective, one would predict that Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham have a strained relationship. Abraham has been preferred by Frank Lampard to lead the line for Chelsea this season. The youngster has done a sterling job so far and certainly deserves the role.
Giroud has been left to settle for a bit-part role and mainly comes on off the bench. The veteran also has plans to continue playing for France leading up to the European Championships next year and will be aiming to play as regularly as possible due to the tournament coming up next summer.
Abraham has however revealed that he looks up to Giroud as an older brother. This is a good sign. Healthy relationships within a side are after all very important for achieving good results on the field. Good guidance from Giroud will do Abraham’s chances of developing into a world-class striker good.
“I look at Oli like an older brother,” said Abraham as quoted by Goal.
“I’m always learning from him on the training pitch and I’ve grown up watching him. He’s always supporting me.
“When someone’s doing well and scoring goals you have to support them and that’s what he is doing for me. I look at different strikers. Ollie is obviously not the fastest striker in the world, but what he has is unbelievable.
“His one-touch play, his hold-up play, his one-touch finishing, I just take those little things that I see in training. If the ball is coming into the box off the ground, his volleying and everything is on point, so you have to take those little things and add them to your game.
Both players have an important role this season
Abraham’s duty is to act as first-choice striker. He should be aiming to get nothing less than 20-25 goals this season in the Premier League as those are the type of figures which can help the Blues to strongly push for a top four finish this season.
Giroud meanwhile will have to act as an impact substitute and aim to get goals at the death for the Blues and potentially win them a lot of games going forward. In addition to this, Giroud is also a senior player within Lampard’s side and once can hope that he can pass as much knowledge as possible to the likes of Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori.
Giroud also adds a winning mentality to the Blues squad having won the FA Cup numerous times as well as the 2018 World Cup with France.