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Tammy Abraham has established himself as Chelsea’s main striker this season, scoring seven goals in the Premier League. He is also the joint top goalscorer in the league alongside Sergio Aguero.
The 21-year-old will be up against Virgil van Dijk on Sunday, and Blues boss Frank Lampard has revealed that it’ll be Abraham’s biggest test to date.
Olivier Giroud started and scored when both sides met in the Super Cup final showpiece in Besiktas Park Stadium in Istanbul last month, while Abraham was a late sub in that game.
However, the 21-year-old is expected to start against the league leaders, and Lampard insists it’ll be a huge test for the 21-year-old especially when he faces Van Dijk who’s hailed as the best centre-back in the Premier League.
“Van Dijk clearly with the performance he has put in this year has thrown him up into the reckoning for the individual awards,” he said.
“Quite rightly. He is an incredible player. Seemingly, he has every attribute needed to be a defender and more.
“It is a test for our centre forward.”
Former Liverpool star Stan Collymore has now admitted Abraham has proven him wrong with his performances for Chelsea.
Collymore told the Mirror: “I questioned whether Tammy Abraham could become a 20-goal-a-season Premier League striker at the start of the season.
“I wanted to know if he could be better with his back to goal, more dynamic in the box, and whether he had the sharpness that, when the ball dropped, bang, it was in the back of the goal.
“He has 100 per cent thrown my doubts in my face and I’m delighted for him.”