Pedro has given his full support to Chelsea teammate Tammy Abraham and believes he can lead the line at Stamford Bridge effectively this season.
The Blues kicked off their campaign away to Manchester United on Sunday in the Premier League and ended up suffering a disappointing 4-0 defeat.
There were positive to take in how the team played in patches, but ultimately they ran out of steam and were hit by a clinical Manchester United on the break.
Frank Lampard, who was taking charge for his first competitive game as Chelsea boss, named an exciting team that included youngsters Abraham and Mason Mount.
Abraham was picked as the centre-forward for the opening day ahead of senior options Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi, which shows how far he’s developed since coming through the academy.
The 21-year-old saw a brilliant effort fire off the post in the first-half and he showed some decent hold up play at Old Trafford.
He spent last season out on loan at Aston Villa scoring 26 goals in 40 appearances, but there have been question marks about whether or not he can step up to the top-flight.
Chelsea’s senior player Pedro is convinced that Abraham deserves his spot in Lampard’s team and trusts him as a striker.
“I know Tammy for a long time from when he was in the academy. I saw him training and on loan saw his improvement. He got a chance to be here because he deserves it,” Pedro said in a press conference, as cited by Football.London.
“In pre-season he has worked very hard. He was very close to start very well. Scoring is what strikers live for. We need to keep encouraging him. At this age, the only way he will go is up. We trust in him.
“A Chelsea striker demands the best level, but I am confident and trust him a lot. He is a player who has a great talent, work rate and that goal could have helped for the confidence, but I really trust him.”
Chelsea are currently preparing to face Liverpool on Wednesday night in the UEFA Super Cup and it will be no surprise if Lampard does rotate his team.
The Blues then host Leicester City at the weekend and need a response in the league, so it will be intriguing to see if Abraham keeps his place in the XI.
He is a promising talent that showed some great signs against Manchester United, but needs to be clinical if he wants a regular spot and to win over some doubtful fans.
It’s certainly a positive sign that Pedro is backing Abraham, as the 32-year-old has won so much in the game both domestically and internationally in his career.