Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has said that he never lost confidence in himself after netting a brace during the Blues’ 3-2 victory in the Premier League over Norwich City last weekend.
The England international was the only player to miss a penalty during the Blues UEFA Super Cup loss against Liverpool. As a result of that, he was subjected to harsh criticism and hateful messages on social media was posted about him.
“I have always believed in myself,” Abraham said as quoted by The Chelsea website.
“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.
“This is football at the end of the day. You just have to enjoy it as much as you can. It’s not a long career, so while you’re out there you just have to give your best and just enjoy it.”
Abraham is one of the players who is under most scrutiny this season
Due to the Blues two window transfer ban, Lampard had no choice but to incorporate players such as Abraham and Mason Mount into his squad. While the duo are both talented, they have no prior history of having succeeded in the Premier League, hence integrating them into the first-team was something out of character for the Blues. Mount had no Premier League experience prior to this season but did shine in the Championship last season for Derby County while playing under Lampard. Prior to this season, Abraham did make two cameo appearances in the top-flight for Chelsea but failed to find the back of the net and he also pent the entire 2017/18 season on loan with Swansea City who were at the time in the Premier League. That spell failed to yield the desired results as he went on to play for the Welsh club 31 times in the League but only managed five goals as they were relegated.
There was scrutiny on Abraham as he is largely untested and Lampard opted to utilize him as the first-choice Premier League striker ahead of the likes of the more experienced Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud.
Abraham’s brace however was classy and proves that he does have tremendous potential. It will not be surprising if Gareth Southgate calls him up to the next England squad as cover for Harry Kane.