Hasselbaink claims one Chelsea player who started vs Spurs 'has to improve'

Sam Preston November 30, 2020
Hasselbaink claims one Chelsea player who started vs Spurs 'has to improve'
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Chelsea were the dominant side the longer the game wore on in their 0-0 draw against Tottenham yesterday.

They were not able to find that breakthrough and remain third in the Premier League, two points and two places below yesterday’s opponents.

Former Blues striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was a pundit on Sky Sports’s coverage of the game and at 6:30pm, 29/11, Sky Sports Premier League, he criticised Tammy Abraham’s work in front of goal.

Abraham had presentable opportunities to turn the game Chelsea’s way and Hasselbaink feels the Englishman needs to improve in those big moments.

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“For me, Abraham there has to do better,” said Hasselbaink over footage of a missed header. “(Reece) James can’t do any better for him, he put the ball in the right space.

“Put your head against it. These are brilliant crosses. What do you want as a striker? This is what you want. These are moments which count for Abraham, he has to step up.

“Here, why is he going to the floor? Stand up… and tap it in. He’s had three opportunities. He has to improve in those moments. This season, you need to step up. He should do better, score more important goals.”

Alan Shearer also dedicated time on Match of the Day 2 (53 mins) to criticising Abraham for not being clinical enough in the big moments.

The big games are where strikers at elite clubs are really judged, and Abraham could have been the hero yesterday.

Plenty might have expected Timo Werner to take his spot up front this season but the German has played on the left of late to accommodate Abraham.

But with Olivier Giroud scoring the winner in midweek and keen to get gametime ahead of the European Championship, there’s hot competition for places through the middle.

Hasselbaink and Shearer were elite Premier League strikers, which should make their critique very valuable indeed to Abraham as he looks to keep improving.

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Sam Preston a senior football writer for the Boot Room and United in Focus. He is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist with five years of professional experience writing digital content. He studied with the Press Association and also has a 2:1 Law with French Law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Burnley, Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.