Tammy Abraham has to “step up” and take his chances in the “big moments”, according to former Chelsea striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.
Centre-forward Abraham wasted a hat-trick of opportunities in the 0-0 draw with Tottenham at Stamford Bridge, where a victory would have sent the Blues to the top of the table.
And ex-QPR boss Hasselabink felt Abraham “had to do better” from two delightful Reece James crosses and a fine ball in from Timo Werner.
“James can’t do any better for him,” Hasselbaink said on Sky Sports. “He put the ball in the right space so put your head against it. They were brilliant crosses. This is what you want as a striker.
“These are moments where Abraham has to step up. It’s always going to be a 1-0 game – he’s had three chances he has to make his own.”
Abraham, 23, has 18 goals in 41 starts for the Blues but Hasselbaink says he must do more to justify his place.
“He has to improve in those moments. He has done ever so well last year when he came in. For half of the season he was a breath of fresh air and scored a lot of goals. Second half it was difficult but that is normal because he is young.
“But this season you need to step up and at times he can do better. With his stature and his ability he should do better and score more goals – and more important goals.
“Does he watch clips of himself after games? His movement can be a little bit better and his holding up needs to be a little bit better.”