Joe Cole has defended much-criticised Tammy Abraham after the Chelsea striker fired blank against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink said he often wonders if the Chelsea striker watches the clips of himself after each game and picked out a few things Abraham must improve to retain his role as Chelsea No.9.

Tammy himself would agree that there are things he must work on in training.

However, go to any social media post from Chelsea’s official account and you’ll see dozens of comments criticising the 23-year-old.

The fans were understandably frustrated that Chelsea missed out on the opportunity to beat their rivals and top the table, but the negativity after one draw is certainly surprising.

There are some people who still see Abraham as a valuable member of Chelsea team, however, and Cole is clearly one of them.

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“Tammy has been excellent,” he told talkSPORT.

“He offers something different to the other guys.

“Having competition for places is important. He won’t be the first striker to miss a few chances.”

Abraham has bagged seven goals and two assists from 15 appearances (nine starts) in all competitions this season.

In the Premier League, he has directly involved in four goals (three goals and one assist), joint second-most at Chelsea with only Timo Werner (four goals and two assists) involved in more.

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