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Chelsea: Frank Lampard could make Tammy Abraham his lead striker

Chelsea: Frank Lampard could make Tammy Abraham his lead striker

Frank Lampard will make Tammy Abraham his lead striker at Chelsea this upcoming season, that is according to football consultant Ian McGarry.

Abraham, who spent last season out on loan at Aston Villa as they went on to win promotion to the Premier League, is set to be a part of the Chelsea squad after Lampard name-checked him during his first press conference as manager (via Birmingham Live).

And now it looks like he could have a big role to play following McGarry’s words.

“Tammy Abraham I understand will be made the lead striker ahead of the experienced Olivier Giroud,” McGarry said on The Transfer Window podcast (via Daily Star) as he discussed Lampard’s plan to use a 4-2-3-1 formation and the players who could feature in it.

With Giroud scoring just two goals in the Premier League last season, Abraham surely deserves a shot in Lampard’s starting XI at the very least.

He scored 26 goals in the Championship in the previous campaign and, while some will be quick to dismiss that due to the division being weaker than the Premier League, they should perhaps take a look at some of his other stats before completely overlooking the 21-year-old.

Abraham had the confidence to test the goalkeeper 2.9 times per game, which was more than what Giroud averaged (1.2) (as per WhoScored).

Aerially, Abraham was also the more dominant centre-forward. He won 3.1 aerial duels per game to again come out on top against Giroud, who won 1.4.

With 0.9 dribbles, the England international was the more mobile and agile No.9, too, with his rival averaging a measly 0.1.

The above does not necessarily mean Lampard should start Abraham in all of Chelsea’s 38 Premier League games in the 2019/20 campaign. But looking at those stats compared to Giroud’s, he is an option that is surely worth exploring.

Chelsea fans, should Abraham be given a chance? Tell us what you think in the comment section below!

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