BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks has hailed Chelsea star Tammy Abraham as a striker with qualities similar to Didier Drogba, and does not expect the forward to be without interest if he maintains his current development rate.
Abraham is currently the Premier League’s joint-leading goalscorer with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, after the Englishman fired home his eighth of the season against Southampton on Sunday (WhoScored).
Only Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki (60%) and Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (54%) have scored a greater share of their side’s goals than Abraham (44%) has for Chelsea, as the 22-year-old continues to thrive in his first consistent run of minutes for the Stamford Bridge natives’ first-team.
Going into the campaign, Abraham had only played three senior games for the West London side, lasting a combined 74 minutes (TransferMarkt), but has now stretched his appearance record to 14 and scored in his second outing in the Champions League with the opening goal in a 2-1 win away to Ligue 1 outfit LOSC Lille.
His most recent goal line breaking effort on the south coast as the Blues stormed to a 4-1 win away to Southampton has caught Crooks’ attention, as he named the London-born forward in his Team of the Week for BBC Sport, after Abraham matched Raheem Sterling as the only Premier League player to score nine across all competitions this season.
“It was the great Jimmy Greaves who said that football is a funny old game. Well, who would have thought that Chelsea fans would be chanting the name of Tammy Abraham in the same manner they used to celebrate Didier Drogba,” Crooks wrote in his weekly column.
“That is because the young striker is leading the line in a similar manner to the Ivory Coast legend. If Abraham continues to develop at this rate, manager Frank Lampard will have another problem on his hands – keeping him at Stamford Bridge.”
Chelsea have often done well retaining their biggest and brightest talents from the allure of clubs from across Europe, but have found themselves parting company with a few big-name players in recent years that they would surely have liked to keep.
For example, Real Madrid currently boast two men in Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois that had been instrumental to proceedings at Stamford Bridge before ditching West London for the Spanish capital. After all, the Belgian duo helped the Blues to two Premier League title wins.
Chelsea also sold Kevin De Bruyne, Mohamed Salah and Romelu Lukaku while they were still rising stars, but the club should not fall into the same trap with Abraham.
Unlike De Bruyne, Salah and Lukaku, Abraham is being given the game time at an early stage of his career that the others were not, and the faith being shown in him now by head coach Lampard should see the Blues held in a higher regard if an approach were ever made.
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