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Tammy Abraham’s potential for Chelsea is “scary”, insists Pat Nevin

By Ben Green

Published: 18:27, 28 August 2019

Former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin believes Tammy Abraham will “keep on getting bigger and stronger” in a Chelsea shirt.

The two-capped England international bagged a brace at the weekend, with his winning goal enough to edge Norwich City 3-2 at Carrow Road.

How “scary” is Abraham’s potential? Five things to know… 

  • Abraham spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, scoring 25 goals en route to Championship promotion.
  • As such Dean Smith was desperate to keep Abraham at Villa Park.
  • However, Lampard wanted to utilise the striker this season as per his youth-based philosophy.
  • He started in the defeat to Man Utd, hitting the post, but bagged two goals at the weekend.
  • Nevin says he has known about Abraham’s exploits since his early teenage years and believes he will go on to great heights.

Victory in East Anglia took a massive weight off the shoulders of Frank Lampard, as the club’s record goalscorer registered a first competitive win in the Stamford Bridge dugout.

Prior to Norwich, Abraham had sat on the bench for two matches but justified his starting berth on Saturday with two goals, and Nevin believes this is just the start of the 21-year-old’s true ability.

In his column on the club’s official website, he wrote: “Tammy Abraham was the one more than any other coming from the Academy who I felt would have the very best chance of really making the grade with the club.

“From the age of 14 or 15 he has shown the right attitude, the eye for a goal and the willingness to take the knocks and get back up and get on with it.

“He also has that other thing, raw talent which can be worked on and moulded, especially with such an impressive physical structure to work with.

“He will just keep on getting bigger and stronger over the next few seasons and that is scary!”

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“It was a big call to start him against Norwich”

Nevin also heaped praise on Lampard for having the nerve to start the youngster against the Canaries, having seen a growing scrutiny loom over his early tenure.

He added: “Frank has continued to put his faith in Tammy, even when the striker has been under some pressure.

“You have to know what a young player can cope with and the belief from the management in his capabilities hasn’t wavered.

“It was a big call to start him against Norwich but it turned out to be the right one.

“That is one of, if not the most important things about a manager, especially at the top level.

“You have got to get the big calls right.

“You can only make this kind of call if you understand not only the ability of your players but their mental capabilities too.”