Didier Drogba is one of Chelsea’s greatest ever strikers. Most certainly the best striker the club has had had in the last 20 years. This season a new man, Tammy Abraham, is making a name for himself at Stamford Bridge. How does Tammy Abraham’s first season compare to Didier Drogba’s?

Some may feel that this comparison is a little bit premature, and that would be fair. The amount Drogba won with Chelsea will take a lot to overtake. His record in finals is likely to never be beaten by any Chelsea player, and he will forever be a Chelsea legend.

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However, comparing the stats of the two players in their maiden seasons makes for interesting reading. It is certainly encouraging for Abraham and the future. Let’s delve into the numbers.

When Drogba joined Chelsea in 2004, he was 26-years-old but came with no Premier League experience. Tammy, on the other hand, has been at Chelsea since under-8’s. He also came into the team this season with no senior Premier League experience and is four years younger than Drogba was in his first season with the club.

In all competitions, Drogba started 30 games for Chelsea and came on as a substitute 11 times. In these games, the Ivorian managed 16 goals and eight assists. They are decent numbers for a player coming from Ligue 1, but how do they compare to Abraham’s stats so far?

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The 22-year-old has started 17 times for the Blues and come off the bench twice. In that time, he has scored 11 goals and provided three assists. Tammy has of course not finished the season yet so goals/assists per game must be worked out for a better comparison.

In his first season, Drogba averaged a goal every 1.9 games in which he started and an assist every 3.75 games. Abraham is averaging a goal every 1.5 starts and an assist every 5.7. These numbers make for good reading for the young English striker.

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If Abraham can continue this form for the rest of the season, his numbers could surpass those of Drogba’s debut season. Chelsea fans would be right to get excited.

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