Abraham has revealed that Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk is the toughest defender he has faced in the Premier League.
Chelsea star Tammy Abraham has made a fine start to the season since returning to Stamford Bridge from a loan spell at Aston Villa, scoring eight goals in eight appearances at the start of 2019/20. The 21-year-old has found the net against Wolves, Norwich, Sheffield United and Southampton, but drew a blank in Chelsea’s 2-1 defeat by Liverpool last month.
Liverpool beat Frank Lampard’s outfit at Stamford Bridge last month with a 2-1 win, one of the very few matches Abraham hasn’t scored in this season. And Abraham says Van Dijk, who was named UEFA Player of the Year in August for his performances last season, is the most difficult defender he has ever encountered.
“He’s a beast,” Abraham was quotes as saying by Daily Mail. “He’ is just good at what he does. He is experienced. I try to use my tricks in my head but his understanding of the game is top drawer.
“It’s to do with little things. Movement. My movement in the box, some defenders don’t pay attention to me – they are only focused on the ball.
“With him, it’s kind of both: he is paying attention to me and the ball, knows where I am, knows where I want to go, follows me. It’ is quite annoying for a striker – just leave me alone!”
Gareth Southgate rewarded Abraham with an international call-up this month and the striker is line to feature in England’s Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria. He is set to make his competitive debut for the national team.