Chelsea iconic striker Didier Drogba has laid-off some piece of guide for struggling Blues frontman, Tammy Abraham following the 23-year-old’s unimpressive outing last night when brought in from the bench with hopes of salvaging at least a point.
The English forward has come under heavy criticisms since the latter stages of last season, failing to own up the number 9 Blues spot and finally dropping to the bench of recent with Frenchman Olivier Giroud preferred ahead of him.
Speaking on the Abraham’s form so far for the Blues amid growing criticisms, Didier Drogba urged the striker to remain focused and calculated for the West Londoners.Embed from Getty Images
According to the two-time premier league golden boot winner, he went through almost same struggles in his early periods at Stamford Bridge but never allowed the criticism get to him.
“As soon as I missed a chance it’s: ‘Why did they spend so much money on him?’ There’s even a song about it. But I liked that. It motivated me. Drogba said.
“I was satisfied with my first six months with the club, despite the critics. People expected me to do what I did the last year with Marseille – that’s what made them want to sign me at Chelsea – but I just tried to be myself.”
On Abraham’s lack of shine so far, the 42-year-old said; “He’s talented, you could see that whenever he plays”
“I think he needs to keep focus. Its not easy wearing the number 9 jersey for this great club, I never wore it”
“He’s young and there’s a lot of competition in the squad, its actually good for him, to help him develop further”
“I believe he can succeed at Stamford Bridge. He needs to work on his headers, its important”
Speaking further on Chelsea’s chances of claiming the league title this term, the Ivorian said; “Sure we can. Frank is doing a great job with the players”
“Young, energetic, yeah we can. With the right mentality, there’s what it takes to win it”
“I’ve watched the team a couple of times the season, even last season. They’re determined, they play nice football. Drogba added.
At 23 years old, the Ivorian was embarking on his first-ever top-flight season. He would score 17 Ligue 1 goals for Guingamp in 2002/03, move on to Marseille, and then a year later, join Chelsea for £24 million.
Drogba arrived at Stamford Bridge aged 26 years old. In his first season, 2004/05, he scored only 10 times in the Premier League for Jose Mourinho’s title-winning side.
Social media was in its infancy at that point; players were more removed from abuse and scrutiny. And yet, like Abraham, Drogba was criticised by pundits and even a small section of the Chelsea fanbase.
The iconic striker won four premier league titles with the Blues [2004/2005, 2005/2006, 2009/2010, 2014/2015], one champions league crown [2011/2012], four FA Cups [2006/2007, 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2011/2012] and three League Cups [2004/2005, 2006/2007, 2014/2015], Scoring 164 goals for Chelsea.
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