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Tammy Abraham admits “stealing ideas” from Olivier Giroud amid Chelsea rivalry

Tammy Abraham has lifted the lid on how he “steals some ideas” from Olivier Giroud to further his own development at Chelsea.

Abraham, 23, has recently enjoyed a run in the starting XI but competition for minutes is fierce due to the Blues’ transfer business last summer.

Chelsea brought in Germany attackers Timo Werner and Kai Havertz as well as Morocco star Hakim Ziyech for a combined total of over £150million.

Following the trio’s arrival, game time has been especially hard to come by for veteran striker Giroud, who is considered third-choice centre-forward and is yet to start a Premier League game this season.

Abraham admitted he sometimes “steals” ideas while watching Giroud train

Nonetheless, the Frenchman remains a key figure at the training ground and has been sharing – sometimes unwittingly – the knowledge he has amassed after 274 goals for club and country.

“Of course, I learn a lot from him,” Abraham told Chelsea’s official website of his teammate. “He’s someone I grew up watching on TV so it’s great for me to be training with him now every day.

“I like to watch him and steal some ideas to add to my own game. I look at the way he holds the ball up and try to add parts of his game to mine.

Giroud is keen to help his younger teammate with his development

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“He gives me advice all the time. We were on the plane back from Newcastle the other day and I asked him what he thought of my header that the keeper saved.

“He gave me good criticism and things I can work on to score more headers.”

Abraham also insisted Chelsea’s strength and depth is motivating each member of the squad as the Blues prepare to host Leeds on Saturday night.

He added: “I feel good. We have a new team, fresh squad, a team full of winners and we want to do well.

“We drive each other and all want the best from each other so it’s been good so far.

“We’re satisfied because we know we’re still a new team. We’re still learning about each other but we can’t get carried away because it’s just the beginning. We have to continue like this and keep doing our best as a team.”

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