When Chelsea were going into the new season, many expected the senior players to take charge of the team in a period where they were not allowed to sign players. With a lot of youngsters coming into the first team foray (without a choice), Lampard would have backed the likes of Azpilicueta, Willian, Pedro and Alonso to set the standard for the young lads. Eight games in and it’s been the opposite. The youngsters have led the show all the way and two names that have been particularly standout remain the duo of Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham. The latter is now answering all questions asked of him and Lampard must keep a close eye on him if he continues to develop at this rate.
Abraham is currently the Premier League’s joint-leading goalscorer with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero after the Englishman fired home his eighth of the season against Southampton on Sunday (WhoScored). As a result, betting sites that give free bet on registration in UK have Abraham as the clear favourite to be the top English goalscorer in the English Premier League this season.
In terms of influence by a single player, only Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki (60%) and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (54%) have scored a greater share of their side’s goals than Abraham (44%) has for Chelsea, as the 22-year-old continues to thrive in his first consistent run of minutes for the West London side. His eight goals removed from Chelsea’s 18 scored in the EPL (SkySports) will leave the Blues somewhere closer to the relegation zone than their current fifth-place position. But of course, the job of a striker is to score goals and he has been doing just that so far.
Going into the campaign, Abraham had only played three senior games for the West London side, lasting a combined 74 minutes (TransferMarkt) but has now stretched his appearance record to 14 and scored in his second outing in the Champions League with the opening goal in a 2-1 win away to Ligue 1 outfit LOSC Lille.
His most recent goal line breaking effort on the south coast as the Blues stormed to a 4-1 win away to Southampton was praise-worthy after Abraham matched Raheem Sterling as the only Premier League player to score nine across all competitions this season.
At this rate, Tammy Abraham’s rap sheet of being young, energetic and a fox in the box is a rare one not too common and it’s only a matter of time before he’s wanted by a host of European clubs. BBC sport pundit Gareth Crooks has now hailed the youngster and given Lampard what will appear to be some food for thought – for the future.
“It was the great Jimmy Greaves who said that football is a funny old game. Well, who would have thought that Chelsea fans would be chanting the name of Tammy Abraham in the same manner they used to celebrate Didier Drogba,” Crooks wrote in his weekly column.
“That is because the young striker is leading the line in a similar manner to the Ivory Coast legend. If Abraham continues to develop at this rate, manager Frank Lampard will have another problem on his hands – keeping him at Stamford Bridge.”
Chelsea have often done well retaining their biggest and brightest talents from the allure of clubs from across Europe but have found themselves parting company with a few big-name players in recent years that they would surely have liked to keep.
For example, Real Madrid currently boast two men in Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois that have been instrumental to proceedings at Stamford Bridge before ditching West London for the Spanish capital. After all, the Belgian duo helped the Blues to two Premier League title wins – and without the two Belgian stars, Chelsea are out at 7/1 to win this season’s Premier League with many leading bookmakers.
Chelsea also sold Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah and Romelu Lukaku while they were still rising stars but the club should not fall into the same trap with Abraham.
Unlike De Bruyne, Salah and Lukaku, Abraham is being given the game time at an early stage of his career that the others were not. The faith being shown in him now by head coach Lampard should see the Blues held in higher regard if an approach were ever made.
It would be wise if Chelsea can tie him down to a long-term contract and if possible offer him a bumper pay-rise like they did with Callum Hudson-Odoi, a decision which has now seen the youngster commit to the club following strong interest from Bayern Munich throughout the summer.
Batshuayi is out there as one of the most inconsistent players and Giroud most likely looks like he doesn’t fit in with Lampard’s philosophy at the club. Hence, the fact that not many at Chelsea can offer what Tammy Abraham can in terms of ability and work rate makes him all the more an important asset that must be kept by the club.
Even in the transfer market as a whole, the striker position can be one of the hardest to nail spot-on – as the good strikers are either “old” and already established at certain clubs or the fairly average ones with no real killer factor costing outrageous fees. Just as Manchester United with all their spending power could not get their hands on a “proven” striker over the summer. Tammy Abraham is a vital part of Lampard’s team at the moment and can go on to be the cog for the Blues side in few years to come. Whatever they do, Tammy Abraham must be kept at all costs.