Chelsea star Noni Madueke has revealed that he is closely following the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Mohamed Salah as he aims to score and assists more goals.
Madueke, who is yet to start a Premier League game for Chelsea this season, scored a brace in England’s 9-1 thrashing of Serbia in the Euro U-21 qualifiers on Thursday night.
Madueke is being guided by FA performance analyst James Ryder to be more clinical in front of goal and has been provided with clips of Salah and Mbappe so that he can learn a trick or two from them.
“Our analyst has clipped up Mbappe and Salah, so I watch them a lot,” Madueke told reporters.
“It’s the way they always follow their pass into the box, or when a team-mate is in the box, they’re always there to anticipate. I’ve got to add to my game the easier goals, the one-touch goals – that’s what I’m trying to improve.
“I work very hard on the last bit. I know I go at such pace, so sometimes I’ve got to calm down at the last moment, take a breath and then slot it away.”
Apart from Ryder, Ashley Cole, who is the No. 2 after Lee Carsley in the U21 setup, is also trying to get the best out of Madueke.
“Ash takes a very personal approach with bettering my game,” he added.
“I’m extremely good in one-on-one situations but I could probably score and assist more, so he’s on me with that type of stuff. I got two good finishes against Serbia – one more like the goals I usually score, and one one-touch finish, so I’m proud.
“I love coming over here and showing everyone what I can do. It’s a great squad, just as good as the last one. I’ve got a lot of belief in my ability and I’m sure things will click sooner rather than later. I think I’ve got it in me.”