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Tammy Abraham has been Frank Lampard’s first choice striker since the start of the season, and the 22-year-old has banged 9 goals in all competitions for the Blues this season.
However, Abraham was unable to find the net as Chelsea beat Ajax away at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in the Champions League group game.
With the game goalless and Chelsea in need of a goal, Lampard decided to throw on Michy Batshuayi as a direct replacement for Tammy Abraham and the Belgium improved the game for Chelsea and was at hand to score the match winner five minutes from time.
However, former Chelsea player and manager Glenn Hoddle believes Batshuayi can stake a claim to the number one striker role and compete with Abraham, which will even force Abraham to push himself more.
“He (Batshuayi) has played his way into the team. The manager can rely on him. It could be a good thing for (Tammy) Abraham too. He wouldn’t have wanted to come off but he knows now that he has to be on his game,” Hoddle told BT Sport.
Former Chelsea player turned pundit Joe Cole also praised Batshuayi as he added: “He has played himself into the manager’s thinking. He scores when he comes on and I know he trains well and he’s a good lad.”