Tammy Abraham has said he worked on his link-up play with new teammate Kai Havertz in training before their brilliant partnership in Chelsea’s thrashing of Barnsley.
Last season’s top scorer made his mark for the new season but his playmaking arguably overshadowed his goalscoring ability in the 6-0 Carabao Cup win.
The 21-year-old’s two assists and superb dummy helped Kai Havertz bag his first career hat-trick.
And Abraham revealed the secret to the pair’s chemistry in a post-match interview.
He told Chelsea TV (via Chelsea’s 5th stand app): “To be fair, in training we’re working on (our link-up play) quite a lot.
“I would go short towards the ball and Kai would go behind me, so I knew where he was.
“I had a quick look and he was there waiting, so it was great to see it work out so well.”
The England international created just three assists in the Premier League last season despite netting 15 times himself.
Now, with more proven goalscorers arriving this summer, Abraham is excited to improve his assist tally.
“You know sometimes it’s good to assist other people,” he said.
“We’ve not had a lot of time to work together but, as you can see, what we tried was paying off and hopefully it can continue like this for us.”