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Abraham hails Lampard as manager’s support helps produce ‘career first’ for Chelsea striker

By Ben Green

Published: 17:45, 26 August 2019

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has thanked manager Frank Lampard for providing him the confidence to score his first career goal from outside the box.

The young English marksman played a star role as the Blues picked up their first competitive win under Lampard, bagging a brace to sink Norwich City 3-2 at Carrow Road.

Abraham’s role this season: Five things to know…

  • Since Diego Costa left for Atletico Madrid in 2018, Chelsea have had ill-luck in the No. 9 department.
  • The likes of Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain have come and gone without truly making a significant mark.
  • This season Lampard has had no choice but to work with what he’s got as a result of a transfer ban.
  • Abraham netted 26 goals last season in Aston Villa’s promotion to the Premier League and appears Lampard’s first choice.
  • He has competition from Olivier Giroud but is expected to lead the line and is now off the mark.

Abraham’s first broke the deadlock in East Anglia and simultaneously opened his Chelsea account, before he went on to reach another milestone by scoring a match-winning strike just inside the D – his first from outside the 18-yard area – and he only had one man to pin his achievement down to.

“I was over the moon!” Abraham told the club’s official website. “It’s something I always dreamed about as a young kid going to Stamford Bridge. I didn’t really know how to celebrate, I just ran over to the manager to thank him and the staff.

“It’s always nice to have that support behind you, especially how he [Lampard] supports the young lads. He gives us confidence. When a coach believes in you, you just want to do your best and give 100 per cent.

“I have always believed in myself. I know I have had a bit of a sticky time at the start of the season, but I’m someone who doesn’t let that affect me. It drives me on. Now I have scored two good goals and hopefully I can keep scoring for Chelsea.”

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Abraham dissects first goal from outside the box

The 21-year-old has netted over 60 goals across his career for Chelsea, Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa respectively, so he was naturally elated to net his first from outside the area.

“It was my first goal outside the box!” he added.

“I saw space to run in to. Kovacic found me with a good pass. I got it onto my stronger side and took the shot from outside the box.

“It turned out to be a good finish.”