It’s safe to say that Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi didn’t perform up to standard last season, with the two combining for a mere eight league goals last season. And with Tammy Abraham only 21-years-old, he has plenty of time to further improve, despite such a good season with Aston Villa last campaign. So, all three forwards could use as much help as possible, and with news that filtered out of Frank Lampard’s first press conference as Chelsea manager, would’ve pleased the trio.
Yesterday, in his inaugural press conference as Chelsea manager, Lampard revealed that ex-Blue Didier Drogba would be returning to Stamford Bridge. While his role hasn’t been confirmed yet, The Metro are reporting that it is as part of Lampard’s backroom staff.
This is great news for both Chelsea and the aforementioned trio of strikers. To be coached by one of the greatest strikers in the club’s long history can only improve both the club and themselves.
Giroud has faced many criticisms around his finishing since joining the Premier League, so he’d benefit ten-fold if Drogba were to return to the club. Batshuayi hasn’t fared much better, and since joining Chelsea the Belgian striker has only ever scored 13 goals at most in a full season. As well as his lack of goals, Batshuayi’s attitude can be questioned after his loan spell with Valencia was cut short mid-season.
However, Abraham did enjoy quite a stellar season in the Championship with Aston Villa. The Englishman scored 26 goals in all competitions, as Aston Villa reached and won the Championship Play-off final. However, he is just a young striker and has years ahead of him. And with Abraham expected to start more games for Chelsea next season, due to the club’s transfer ban, he’ll soon find the quality of the Premier League is far more different than in the Championship.
Drogba enjoyed a stellar career with Chelsea, scoring 164 goals in 381 games. However, it is his record in the big games that will help the Chelsea trio the most. Drogba scored in every major final he appeared in for the Blues, and to be able to pass on that experience of handling pressure, will only help the trio and Chelsea thrive next season.
Chelsea’s striking options aren’t exactly the best, however, with Drogba coaching the trio they could have an advantage over their rivals. Chelsea may see more goals from their strikers with the Ivorian passing on his wealth of experience.