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Few would have expected Frank Lampard’s Chelsea to have started off so well since the 41-year-old returned to Stamford Bridge in the summer.
In fact, many thought it would all end in tears. But so far, the Blues have exceeded expectations, sitting fourth in the Premier League and four points clear of fifth. They also top their Champions League group despite being drawn with last season’s semi-finalists Ajax.
The club’s academy products have been instrumental so far this term.
Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham have all already had their form recognised by being selected in Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and the Czech Republic.
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Despite their recent form, there was a slight hiccup against Manchester United in the League Cup on Wednesday. After winning seven matches in a row in all competitions, they were beaten 2-1 by the Red Devils thanks to a brace from Marcus Rashford.
It was the United forward’s birthday on Thursday, and a stat was shared about his record at such a young age. By the age of 22, the 52 goals he has scored are as many as Harry Kane, and more than Cristiano Ronaldo by the same age.
However, that number is noticeably less than Abraham’s record by the same point. Once he reached the same age, he had scored 67 times in his career, 15 more than Rashford or Kane.
This stat just goes to show just how promising and exciting the £28.8m-valued former Aston Villa loanee is.
Some people will argue that because most of his strikes came in the Championship, his record cannot be compared to the others, but at the end of the day, he can only face what is in front of him.
Also, Rashford’s goals have come in 184 appearances. Taking away the matches since Abraham reached 22 at the start of October, the England international has 67 in 149 matches. That works out at a ratio of 0.45 goals per match compared to 0.28.
His tally so far this term shows he can do it at the highest level as well. Abraham has already bagged eight times in the Premier League, which is just two off Rashford’s highest-ever number in one campaign.
This goes to show just how underrated Chelsea’s number nine has been throughout his fledgling career, and it also points to a promising future. If he can continue at his current pace, there is no reason why he can’t become one of the stars of the Premier League.