Yesterday’s emphatic 5-2 win away to Wolverhampton Wanderers showed a Chelsea side which was both clinical and deadly up front, despite its patchy start to the season, and this was mostly down to the brilliance of one player; Chelsea’s new star at centre-forward, Tammy Abraham. While the Blues might still be waiting for that illustrious clean sheet, Antonio Rüdiger’s return from injury also made itself immediately felt as he gave Chelsea’s back line a well-needed sense of security together with Andreas Christensen and Fikayo Tomori.
As one would expect, Frank Lampard was full of praise for the both of them during his post match press conference (via Chelsea FC’s official homepage), also giving an injury update on the German international, who was necessitated to be substituted for Kurt Zouma at half time.
“He’s had a groin issue which he bothered when he ran off the pitch near me. He slipped on to the metal which made him slide and adjust himself. Hopefully it’s not too bad. It was more of a precaution because he felt a bit of pain, so we’ll assess it over the next couple of days. It’s a quick turnaround [for Tuesday] but hopefully [he’ll be alright].”
With Chelsea’s schedule becoming very much congested from next week onward due to the return of the Champions League and, in a few weeks, the League Cup, we can only hope that Lampard’s right in calling it merely a precautionary move as a fully healthy squad will be sorely needed. Having to undergo knee surgery before the summer, one can understand the club’s precautions in the matter, of course.
On a far happier note, Lampard was delighted with Tammy Abraham’s performance after the England striker not only put in a terrific performance, but also made history by both being Chelsea’s youngest ever player to score a hat trick AND the third person in Premier League history to score two or more goals in three consecutive game at his age.
“The three different types of goals he scored were exactly what you want from Tammy: a messy one, a good header and then a fantastic feet and finish goal. He has to sustain it. He has to be hungry which I know he is. He can never rest on his laurels because there is more work to be done. I have got confidence in him, I am prepared to give him chances, but even more now be tougher on him because he has shown what he can do. The moment he wants to come off that and think goals will drop at his feet will be the moment he is rested. But I’m happy because I see him every day and he wants to play every day and score every day. That’s something a bit special. You don’t see that in all young players.” – Frank Lampard; source: Chelsea FC
Frank’s emphasis on Tammy having to continue his path to greatness is more or less a given as the youngster will himself be “hungry” to carry on going to the very top. Next to Mason Mount, Abraham is without a doubt the main beneficiary of Lampard implementing his ‘youth revolution” at Stamford Bridge, the vote of confidence the latter’s been given subsequently driving the striker on to overcome his initial stutters. These are the qualities of both a truly phenomenal manager and a striker in the mold of any legendary player in the game, showing true grit and a never-give-up attitude. Be excited, be very excited!
Written by Jimmy Funnell (@JimmyFunnellCFC on Twitter)