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Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham is set to lead the line for the Blues this season after spending the last three years on loan with three different clubs.
The 21-year-old striker started Sunday’s game against Manchester United but was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet as his strike in the first half hit the woodwork. Against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup clash on Wednesday night, Abraham won the penalty that aided Chelsea’s equalising goal in extra time. But unfortunately, he missed a spot kick that could have earned his side the chance to win the cup.
Abraham is set to feature in the first team this season, and Blues boss Frank Lampard has high expectations of the youngster.
He told the media ahead of Sunday’s game with Liverpool: “I’ve spoken with Tammy and he is a strong character.
“I love his character. He’s infectious around the place, a confident boy on the pitch and he wants to do really well for this football club. He has the opportunity to do that this year. He’s a great young man.
“He has experienced something that isn’t right on all levels. It’s a test of that character he shouldn’t need, but he’s got great character.”
Lampard has known Abraham since he was a kid in the Chelsea academy, and he saw him tear teams apart in the Championship last season, and Lampard believes that the young striker is always hungry to score.
“Tammy is always desperate to score and that’s one of the things I love about him. He’s hungry. He wants to score in training, five-a-side, shooting practice.
“He needs to be relaxed at the same time as that, but what he does do is get in positions to score regularly. That’s what you want to see. That’s an indication of his character. He doesn’t hide, he gets in there.
“When that goal comes, as it did at Aston Villa and Bristol City, I think they will come regularly. He shouldn’t be putting too much pressure on himself. He’s a young striker with so many qualities and attributes. He’s going to be a really big striker for the club and now is his time to show that.
“We were doing extra shooting earlier today, and we will do it every day if he wants for as long as it takes. I believe when you do that work and you have his quality it’s going to come good.”