Joleon Lescott said Tammy Abraham would cause central defenders the most problems as a No.9 among Chelsea attackers.

The wing-backs and the two inside forwards roles have arguably been the vocal points in Thomas Tuchel’s 3-4-3 system recently.

Meanwhile, the lone strikers have often taken a back seat while still playing an important role in creating spaces and linking-up with surrounding teammates.

So far, it remains unclear what Tuchel is really looking for from his striker.

Is it pace, aerial ability, or just pure goalscoring instinct?

Interestingly, as a centre-back, Lescott said Abraham is the Chelsea attacker who would concern him the most if he were to play against them.

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“I’d probably say Abraham at the moment because I think he can do more of everything,” he told Premier League Productions’ Matchday Live (via Optus Sport) after the game.

“I don’t think Werner is comfortable and reliable enough in ball retention, while I think Tammy Abraham is.

“Giroud is the most comfortable at that, but then he doesn’t offer [runs into] the space in behind because he doesn’t have the pace to do that.

“So [considering] all attributes that are needed and Chelsea would want, I’d say Tammy Abraham.”

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That is a very interesting take from Lescott considering how Abraham has yet to cement his spot at Chelsea.

His output is incredible, though, with six goals and an assist in just 10 starts in the Premier League.

He leads the Chelsea goalscoring chart in the league so far despite the limited game time.

Tuchel does not seem to be impressed by the England international, however, with the striker having made just one start under the new manager.

Abraham also remained unused on the bench in the win over Sheffield United on Sunday.

Surprisingly, in that game, Tuchel even subbed in Callum Hudson-Odoi for Olivier Giroud in the second half.

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