Time For Tammy Abraham To Shine At Chelsea

I was delighted for Tammy Abraham as he scored his first goals for the Chelsea first team yesterday.

His all-round play meant he merited his brace. He was very fluid in his movement and that caused the Norwich City defence no end of problems.

The youngster has now made seven appearances for the Blues. He’s managed to go out on loan and find the net at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa but people have questioned whether he can do it for Chelsea in the Premier League.

He hit the post against Manchester United on the opening weekend of the season but after that he seemed to get a bit lost and dropped out of the game.

Tammy would then come off the bench and miss the vital penalty in the Super Cup loss to Liverpool. The young forward would then suffer online racial abuse and he was backed by his manager Frank Lampard:

“But Tammy is a strong boy. I want to support him. I try to be close to my players. When something like this happens it’s the first thing I do. If there was anything more he needed, then the club would 100 per cent be there for him. He’s getting the support I hope he feels he needs.”

Via The Guardian

Abraham started the game on the bench, as Chelsea entertained Leicester City at Stamford Bridge. The young striker did come on for the last half hour but he couldn’t prevent his side from drawing the game.

With Lampard searching for his first win as Chelsea boss, he brought Tammy Abraham back into the starting line-up and the forward repaid his manager’s faith in him big time as he helped The Blues beat The Canaries 3-2 at Carrow Road (BBC Match Report).

It only took Tammy three minutes to show he was ready to take his chances as he smashed in a first time shot and he celebrated by celebrating with his gaffer. The execution of that finish shows that the forward definitely belongs in the top flight, it wasn’t an easy take!

His second goal proved to the game’s winner and he took it with aplomb. Abraham took a through ball in his stride and away from Norwich captain Grant Hanley. The hitman then took the ball inside and fired his powerful shot beyond Tim Krul.

Both goals were struck with such conviction!

Abraham’s heat-map shows that he did well centrally (as you’d expect) but it also showed that he’ll come deep to receive the ball and provide space for the likes of Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount. The forward also ended the game with an 82% passing success rate.

To be honest, Tammy still looks a bit raw at times but that’s not necessarily a bad thing though as it gives Lampard the chance to mould the attacker into a frontman that suits his team’s style. I hope Tammy also watches and learns from fellow striker Olivier Giroud. The Frenchman could teach the youngster how to assert himself more, win aerial battles and improve his link-up play.

The player possesses the pace, shot accuracy, power and the confidence to make it at Chelsea as long as he keeps working hard and takes his chance.

Frank Lampard arrived knowing The Blues had been given a transfer ban, meaning they can’t sign a player this season. The manager has reacted by giving the likes of Mount and Abraham the chance to shine for Chelsea.

Tammy Abraham now needs to do it on a regular basis. Those two goals yesterday will have done the young forward the world of good and now he knows he can do it in a Chelsea jersey.

I fully expect him to go on a scoring run now and I’ll be very pleased for him if he does because he seems like a great young striker that’s determined to take his chance!

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