Tammy Abraham has hailed Frank Lampard as a major inspiration after scoring his first goal for the blues in the 3-2 win over Norwich on Saturday. Abraham may be at Chelsea since joining the academy in 2004, but he has been able to get a first-team spot only under Lampard. The blues legend may have had his hand forced due to the transfer ban, but there is a strong inclination towards utilising the enormous youth potential, which has so far gone down the drain.
Mason Mount and Abraham are two players who have benefited a lot by Lampard’s appointment. The duo have been influential in the first few games of the campaign. Mount has already opened his account for Chelsea by scoring in the 1-1 draw with Leicester last weekend. Despite strong promise, Abraham has come under a lot of criticism and racial abuse. The striker answered his critics in style after a brace against Norwich. Speaking to Metro after the game, he said:
“It’s always nice to have that support behind you, especially how he supports the young lads. He gives us confidence. When a coach believes in you, you just want to do your best and give 100 per cent.”
It is no secret that the strikers thrive on confidence and the penalty miss against Liverpool was a major dent on Abraham’s confidence levels. This was followed by the string of racial abuse that the 21-year-old had to endure on social media.
Abraham has had to work with a lot of travelling so far in his career. He has been on loan spells with Bristol, Swansea, and Aston Villa. Despite scoring plenty of goals at Bristol and Aston Villa, his career at Chelsea could have easily been overlooked due to the revolving managerial door and the need to get instant success. As a result, most of the managers who have come to the club under Roman Abramovich have preferred to use experienced players.
It is highly likely that if not for the arrival of Lampard at a time when the club was placed under a transfer ban, Abraham would not be receiving the opportunities at his disposal.
The ability to lead the line for a team like Chelsea will be huge pressure on the young shoulders of Abraham, but he has shown enough quality to be able to score goals against good teams. The striker still has to mature and improve a lot before being a threat against the top opponents. Yet, players can only get better with chances and the way Abraham has been getting opportunities only bodes well for his chances of featuring for England at the Euro 2020.
Even though Chelsea had to scrape through a win over newly-promoted Norwich, the win can be a huge confidence boost for the team in the coming weeks. Still, the club remain in a nightmare position when it comes to defending and opposition now believe that they can score a goal every time they push Chelsea on the back foot. Every counter attacking opportunity also seems to lead to a goal, as Lampard has not kept his players on a leash once the team take the lead.
After the crucial win over Norwich, Chelsea take on Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge next weekend.