Chelsea have not had much to celebrate so far this season. After four games, the club looks a class below Manchester City and Liverpool. As things stand, they do not look like they will even challenge for a top four finish this season. The loss of Eden Hazard appears to have taken a toll on the club not only in terms of quality but also in terms of confidence.
After Gonzalo Higuain and Alvaro Morata parted ways with the club during the summer, Frank Lampard took the decision to deploy Tammy Abraham as his first choice striker in the Premier League. Some would have disagreed, feeling that the more experienced Olivier Giroud would have been a better option while citing Abraham’s failed previous Premier League loan spell with Swansea City which only produced five top-flight goals. Others would have felt that Michy Batshuayi should have been given a second chance to prove himself at the West London club.
After his failed stint with Swansea, Abraham went back to the Championship last season in a bid to refine his skills and spent time on loan with Aston Villa. He played an integral role in guiding Dean Smith’s side to Premier League promotion as he went on to score 26 goals from 40 games in the English second-tier.
Abraham deserves to be first-choice striker
Lampard is certainly correct to choose Abraham as his first-choice striker above Giroud. He has the potential to become a world-class striker if he carries on developing at his current rate and could even provide Harry Kane with stuff competition for the England number nine role. Abraham offers more mobility and ability to beat defenders as compared to Giroud. Chelsea have struggled to produce quality home-grown strikers over the years but perhaps Abraham could finally be the one to break the unsavory cycle.