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Chelsea may not have secured all three points against Sheffield United on Saturday, but one silver lining that should help lift the gloom was Tammy Abraham’s impressive display.
The England U21 display bagged himself another brace against in the Premier League, and is firmly repaying the faith shown in him by Frank Lampard.
The big talking point surrounding the club this summer was around whether the Blues would finally give their talented academy players the chance to shine. The arrival of Lampard as the side’s new manager certainly prompted suggestions it could be the beginning of a glorious new era at Stamford Bridge.
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The two stars who have shone the brightest for the west London side so far? Mason Mount and Abraham. The latter’s latest goal-scoring performance for the team rounded off a fine game for the 21-year-old.
Aside from his well-taken double, the centre-forward registered a game-high four key passes, which is incredible considering he only had 17 passes in the whole match.
For all of Olivier Giroud’s qualities, mobility isn’t one of them, but it’s definitely one of Abraham’s strengths. Whilst he was caught offside twice, he showed that edge to try and break off the shoulder of the last defender.
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Abraham’s inexperience was on show in the opening Premier League clash against Manchester United, but Lampard’s persistence with the young starlet is beginning to pay off for the Blues. At 6 foot 3, the striker has all the physical attributes to become a dominant striker in the Premier League. Under the manager’s guidance and continued faith, that could well be sooner rather than later.
Amidst all the drama surrounding their transfer ban, the Blues needed a boss who would embrace the nature of a rebuild. In Lampard, they have someone at the helm who is already showing he has no problems with thrusting talented young players into the spotlight. It may only have been a draw against Sheffield United, but in the grand scheme of things, it could mean a lot more.