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Swansea City coach Claude Makelele has implored Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham to tread in the footsteps of Didier Drogba and Samuel Eto’o if he wants to become the best striker at Stamford Bridge and in the Premier League.
Drogba was an icon with the Premier League champions in the past, while Eto’o had an impressive spell at Barcelona and Inter Milan. The 20-year-old rose through the ranks of the Blues’ academy, before earning a spot in the first team in 2016. He spent the previous season on loan at Bristol City and was their star player for the Championship outfit.
Abraham signed a new five-year contract extension in the summer and completed a loan move to the Liberty Stadium earlier in the summer transfer window. Since he joined the Welsh club, the England Under-20 international has bagged three goals in nine appearances across all competitions for Paul Clement’s side.
Alvaro Morata moved to Chelsea from Real Madrid in the summer and released Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid. Michy Batshuayi became the second choice striker behind the Spaniard.
Makelele, who is Clement’s assistant at Swansea, believes Abraham’s future at the West London club looks bright.
“He has great quality but he needs to work. He’s young and he has time on his side. He wants to be one of the best strikers in the Premier League. He gets an example in the way Drogba and Eto’o play. But to do that he must work like they did,” Makelele told the Evening Standard.
“Can he play for Chelsea? I hope so. He needs to be successful with Swansea first and learn more and more to come back and push for Antonio Conte’s team. It’s going to be difficult. He needs to adapt very well but we will push him. But he has to show the ambition to reach the top.
“I tell him to do everything: run, fight. Some young players think about dribbling but they need to understand about their team-mates. He is fast. Go in space and you’ll make the difference for your team-mates. It all depends on him. He’s good. But he has to push himself and learn more. Then he can be one of the best strikers in the Premier League.”