Frank Lampard explains what makes Tammy Abraham a ‘top striker’ and praises Reece James for winning duel against Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha


Frank Lampard explains what makes Tammy Abraham a ‘top striker’ and praises Reece James for winning duel against Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

Tammy Abraham has proved himself to be a ‘top striker’ this season, says Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.

The 22-year-old became joint-top goalscorer in the Premier League with ten strikes in 2019/20, bagging another during the Blues’ win over Crystal Palace.

Abraham can’t stop scoring for Chelsea
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After a frustrating first half, Chelsea got the breakthrough on 52 minutes when Abraham latched onto Willian’s clever flick before slotting the ball home.

Christian Pulisic added another with a header to seal the 2-0 victory.

Abraham initially struggled to find joy against the Palace defence and Lampard admitted he urged his striker to liven up at half time.

When asked by talkSPORT’s Nigel Adderley if he spoke to Abraham at the break, Lampard said: “Yeah, I did.

Abraham helped Chelsea win their sixth Premier League match in a row
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“He was slightly off it in the first half for his usual self but it was a tough game – there wasn’t much room in behind, there wasn’t much room to his feet and I said to him that sometimes the games can just be like that.

“He needed to liven up a bit but if you stick with it then you’ll get your moment and top strikers do. At the moment he’s proved himself to be that this season.

“The question is can he keep doing it? But what I see from his mentality and desire, I believe he can.”

Chelsea are now five points off Premier League leaders Liverpool, although they’ve played a game more than Jurgen Klopp’s men, who face Manchester City on Sunday.

Lampard has received huge credit for galvanising this Chelsea team who were lost at times last season, while also giving a number of their promising youngsters a chance in the first-team.

This was actually the youngest ever Chelsea team in Premier League history with an average age of 24 years and 88 days.