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Abraham’s rapid progress at Chelsea could give Lampard a “problem”, says Crooks

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:50, 7 October 2019 | Updated: 23:09, 20 September 2022

Garth Crooks believes Chelsea will soon be entertaining offers for striker Tammy Abraham if he continues to develop at his current rate.

The 22-year-old marksman is the Premier League’s top scorer after grabbing eight goals in eight games so far this season, level with Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero.

The rise and rise of Abraham: Five key things to know…

  • Tammy Abraham came through Chelsea’s youth set-up before enjoying loan spells at  Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa.
  • He made his full Blues debut under club legend Frank Lampard this season.
  • Abraham has bagged nine goals across 14 matches in all competitions to date.
  • The Londoner currently tops the Premier League’s scorers charts on eight goals.
  • Garth Crooks feels if Abraham continues on this trajectory Chelsea may entertain offers for him.

What makes this all the more remarkable is that Abraham only made his full Blues debut in the competition under manager and club legend Frank Lampard this season.

The 22-year-old has not looked back since, continually repaying Lampard’s faith with goals, most recently in their 4-1 win at Southampton when he broke the deadlock at St Mary’s.

His performances earned him a recall to England’s senior team and he could feature in their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Bulgaria – permanently tying him to the Three Lions are links with Nigeria.

Crooks, who has been pleasantly surprised by Abraham astronomic rise, believes if he keeps rising at this level then he’d give Lampard another problem that being he may be prized away from Stamford Bridge.

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“It was the great Jimmy Greaves who said that football is a funny old game,” he began in his BBC Sport column.

“Well, who would have thought that Chelsea fans would be chanting the name of Tammy Abraham in the same manner they used to celebrate Didier Drogba.

“That is because the young striker is leading the line in a similar manner to the Ivory Coast legend.

“If Abraham continues to develop at this rate, manager Frank Lampard will have another problem on his hands – keeping him at Stamford Bridge.”