'Can go very high': Olivier Giroud says Tuchel has sold a player with 'great potential' at Chelsea

Olivier Giroud backed Tammy Abraham to have a prosperous future following his Chelsea exit.

Speaking to The Athletic, Giroud predicted good things were on the horizon for the young striker.

Both players departed Stamford Bridge over the summer in search of Serie A refuge.

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Abraham signed for Jose Mourinho’s Roma, whilst the French forward joined fellow Chelsea ex-pat Fikayo Tomori at AC Milan.


Their escape from South West London occurred after they plummeted down Thomas Tuchel’s pecking order.

Especially Abraham, who was nothing but a silhouette in the final few months with his boyhood club.

This is despite finishing as the Blues joint top scorer last season.

Giroud may also have felt hard done by for being chopped from the roster after he bagged six goals during Chelsea’s successful Champions League campaign.

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Giroud tips Tammy for greatness

The two castaways are now sharing their services in Italy and enjoying themselves all the while.

“I’m happy for Tammy that he had this opportunity to bounce back in a foreign country,” said Giroud.

“It’s not easy for English players to leave the Premier League. It can be a great experience for him.

“He needed game time. At the end at Chelsea it was too tough for him, he was not even in the squad.

“He took the right decision and he’s got great potential. I think he can go he can go very high.”

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Abraham’s hot streak

After just a few months, it has become clear the move to Roma was a wise one for Abraham.

He is already on four goals this campaign, a return that led Gareth Southgate to recall him for England duty.

Away to Andorra, the 23-year-old started and scored, a combination he had never previously achieved in his country’s senior colours.

His international experience sadly ended on a sour note, after he picked up in injury against Hungary on Tuesday.

But to even be back in the Three Lions reckoning after nearly 12 months out must’ve been a wonderful feeling.

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Hopefully, for Abraham’s sake, the damage isn’t too serious and he can continue to fulfil Giroud’s prophecy.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.