Rio Ferdinand has backed Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to score “a tremendous amount of goals” and has suggested that he has the edge over Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford.
Abraham and Rashford are two of the best young English strikers and are regulars for Chelsea and United respectively.
The 22-year-old Blues striker has scored 11 goals and provided three assists in 15 Premier League matches, and has scored two goals and provided one assist in six Champions League games so far this season.
Rashford, also 22, has scored 10 goals and provided four assists in 16 league games, and has scored one goal in four Europa League matches for the Red Devils so far this season.
However, the England international striker has often been deployed out wide instead of as an out-and-out number nine.
Abraham is the first-choice striker at Chelsea and is leading the line well for Frank Lampard’s side, and United legend Ferdinand believes that the former Aston Villa loanee, who has scored one goal in four matches for England, has the edge over Rashford, and has praised him for his goal against Lille in the Champions League on Tuesday.
“He’s going to score a tremendous amount of goals because what he does is he wants to be in between the sticks, he wants to be in the centre of the goals to score goals,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“He’s somebody who’s hungry and got a desire to score. It’s a very good finish, it’s clean and clinical. He makes it look easy, it’s not an easy finish.
“What I love about Tammy is his first instinct, his first thought is ‘get me in there, get me in there to hurt the opposition, get me in there to score goals’. It’s the positioning, some people will tell [Marcus] Rashford to get in that position and he’ll score five, six, seven, eight goals a season more.
“This kid here, that’s all he wants to do, that’s an element of his game that doesn’t need working on. He’s scored goals at every level and he’s brought it into the first team.”
Having watched Abraham score on Tuesday, Rashford will have the chance to add to his tally on Thursday when United take on AZ Alkmaar at Old Trafford in the Europa League.