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Tammy Abraham is the current recipient of the Chelsea number 9 jersey – a jersey number that hasn’t really worked for most players at the club over the years.
Abraham is just in his first season as a regular in the first team after a series of loan spells. In his last loan spell, Abraham scored 26 goals in the Championship for Aston Villa before being recalled to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard has now admitted that what he saw of Tammy at Aston Villa was enough to keep him at Chelsea and hand him the number 9 shirt
As cited by Goal, Lampard said: “He’d already scored goals in the Championship with Bristol City,” he added. “After that, he had a year at Swansea in the Premier League and a tough year where they obviously struggled and he didn’t get the goals he’s getting now.
“It was an important loan for him to go to a big club where the responsibility is strong on you as the main man upfront to score goals. He obviously reacted well to that and scored a lot. He worked on his game. I saw that.
“He would have been all the better for working closely with Dean and John in that role there. It gave him confidence and it felt the right time for him to come back after that. Now he’s had a few loans, he’s scored goals, he’s proved it.
“It was very natural for the progression from my point of view for him to come back. I only knew Tammy from a distance when he was in and around the academy.
“All I saw was what I saw last year in the Championship, which impressed me, and what I saw from the first day of pre-season, which impressed me. That’s why I decided to give him the No.9 shirt.
“I felt, even though people were questioning it because maybe it’s seen as something that’s not been a huge success, to put that burden on someone, Tammy seemed the right personality to take that. Fortunately to this point he’s shown that he can.”