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Tammy Abraham led the line for Chelsea against Manchester United on Sunday as the Blues were beaten 4-0 by a counterattacking Ole Gunnar Solskjaer side.
Abraham seems to be Frank Lampard’s first choice in the striking role for Chelsea and is ahead of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.
Abraham impressed on loan for Championship side Aston Villa last season and scored 26 goals for the Villans who won the Championship playoffs to qualify for the Premier League this season.
Abraham failed to find the net against United and was unlucky to hit the woodwork in the first half, and the young striker found the game hard afterwards. He was then taken off after the hour mark for Giroud.
Former Chelsea assistant manager Gianfranco Zola believes that Abraham isn’t ready to lead the line for Chelsea and will need time to adapt.
Asked about Abraham’s display after the final whistle, Chelsea legend Zola told beIN SPORTS:
“Maybe in the beginning he might suffer because you know the difference from the Championship and the Premier League is huge. ‘He will have to adapt but he has a lot of energy, he’s positive.
“I think in the end he will get to the level he needs to be.
“But he will have to be supported more from the others, Pedro will have to produce more offensively and also all the others.”
Former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes Lampard was wrong to have started the Chelsea youngsters and believes that the likes of Abraham, Mason Mount and Andreas Christensen shouldn’t have started the game.
Mourinho told Sky Sports: “My feeling is that today they had a possibility to play with more know-how.
“Alonso was on the bench, Kante was on the bench, Giroud was on the bench, and to come to Old Trafford, even if this is not the huge Manchester United that used to scare people, it’s Manchester United.
“It’s the first match at home, the first match of the season, people are excited, the stadium is on fire waiting for something positive.
“A little bit of experience [from Chelsea] would fit well with the team. You look to the performance of Mason Mount, the performance of Tammy Abraham, you look to the performance even of [Andreas] Christensen and for matches of this dimension you need a little bit more.”