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Chelsea academy graduate Abraham has spent the last two years out on loan at Swansea and Aston Villa respectively.

His spell at Villa was in the second tier, where he helped Dean Smith’s side to promotion back to the Premier League.

Abraham started in Chelsea’s opening game of the season at Manchester United on Sunday, where they suffered a 4-0 defeat.

But Chelsea fan and former Arsenal star Paul Merson reckons Abraham’s time in the Championship was not all positive.

Merson claims there was a moment against United where Olivier Giroud would have scored if he started in place of the England international.

“Abraham, it’s hard,” Merson said on The Debate.

“He’s been playing in the Championship. This is no disrespect but you pick up bad habits in the Championship.

“Now he’s playing against the creme de la creme. You’re getting one or two chances [in a game].

“The one where it got cut across [against United], Giroud scores there.

“Giroud’s played in the Premier League, he knows that’s coming across.

“In his head he’s thinking ‘that isn’t coming’. When he’s at Aston Villa that isn’t coming.

“But these are world-class players and it is coming.”

Meanwhile, former United striker Andy Cole can understand why Lampard picked Abraham ahead of Giroud.

“Tammy Abraham has more pace than Giroud, maybe he’s looking at ‘I want to try and stretch Man United, I want to try something different’,” Cole said.

“Giroud’s an old-fashioned centre-forward. It all depends what Frank was thinking.

“Giroud has played in the Premier League for some time now, he knows whether to gamble or wait.

“But for me personally the younger kids have to be given an opportunity at some stage.”

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