Sunday, August 25, 2019
"Tammy Abraham can be Chelsea's no 9 for many years" says Joe Cole
Tammy Abraham can be Chelsea's main striker 'for many years', according to former Blues midfielder Joe Cole.
Abraham scored twice - his first goals for the club - as Chelsea beat Norwich 3-2 on Saturday to get their first victory underFrank Lampard.
Despite having received some criticism for his performances in previous games this season, Abraham appeared full of confidence against Norwich and Cole is predicting a bright future for the 21-year-old.
Speaking on BT Sport, Cole said: 'Tammy's got all the attributes to be a Chelsea centre forward in the long run because of his pace, strength and hold up play. He just needs to keep improving because he’s a young man and there’s no reason why he can’t become Chelsea’s no 9 for many, many years.
'He keeps defenders honest. With Giroud they can maybe play a high line and Tammy can learn from Giroud.'
Ex-England striker Peter Crouch was also full of praise for Abraham, who has had loan spells with Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa.
Crouch said: 'He’s come in for a bit of criticism, I thought his hold up play was very, very good. He linked up very well with the midfield, it wasn’t just his goals today.
'The reason he was playing today was because he was pulling Norwich into areas they didn’t want to go. That’s his strengths but on the flip side I thought he held the ball very, very well.'
Mason Mount was also on the scoresheet for Chelsea against Norwich, with the 20-year-old scoring his second goal in as many games.
Mount worked under Lampard at Derby last season and Cole believes the midfielder can be a huge asset for Chelsea.
Cole said: 'He brings energy and he understands what Frank wants to do, how Frank wants to play because he’s been at the club for so many years.'
Lampard has been bold in keeping faith with both Mount and Abraham, and Crouch is delighted that the Chelsea boss was rewarded for his selection.
Crouch said: 'Frank deserves a lot of credit for picking these two players, they’ve come in for a little bit of criticism he’s stuck by them.
'I think today was a pivotal, pivotal moment in the career for Lampard as a manager because those decisions have come to the fore today and they’ve worked very well for him.'
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