Former Chelsea No.9 Warns Tammy Abraham About The Pressure Of Wearing The No.9 Shirt At Chelsea

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Tammy Abraham was handed the No.9 shirt against Barcelona on Tuesday and the striker scored against the Spanish champions.

After the game against Barcelona, the 21 year old striker revealed he would wear the No.9 shirt for Chelsea this season.

Former Chelsea striker Chris Sutton wore the No.9 shirt in his only season at Stamford Bridge and he has admitted that wearing Chelsea’s No 9 shirt was a burden.

Sutton struggled to impress after joining Chelsea from Blackburn in 1999 but went on to impress at Celtic.

Sutton has warned Abraham that by taking the No.9 shirt at Chelsea, he has put himself under even more pressure but he thinks Abraham should embrace it.

“Any striker worth his salt wants the No 9 shirt. It is recognition that you are the main man,” Sutton wrote in Daily Mail.

“I jumped at the chance to take it when I joined Chelsea in 1999 but it only underlined the fact that I had to deliver.

“I am not for one minute suggesting that my choice of number was the reason I endured a difficult year at Chelsea, but it did put my performances in sharp focus.

“The weight of expectation is even greater at Stamford Bridge.

“Those wearing No 9 have often been bought for huge sums – think £50million Fernando Torres or £70.6m Alvaro Morata. My £10m fee was big money 20 years ago!

“As an academy graduate, Tammy Abraham does not share that burden, but there are question marks over whether he can replicate his prolific Championship form at the highest level.

“By taking on the status of Chelsea’s No 9, Abraham has put himself under even more pressure. I hope he embraces it.”

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