Nigerian born Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham’s brace against Norwich was more than enough to give the Frank Lampard side their first taste of Victory in 2019/2020 EPL season.
The 21-year-old repaid Lampard’s faith in youth as his two goals – his first for the club – helped the Blues to their first win of the season at Carrow Road, with Mason Mount also on the scoresheet.
Norwich twice equalised through Todd Cantwell and Teemu Pukki, who scored his fifth goal of the season, in the first half of the encounter but the Canaries struggled against a dominant Chelsea side after the break.
Chelsea manager Frank Lampard added that Tammy Abraham’s goals against Norwich will “do wonders for his confidence” and the striker will get “better and better”,
“I spoke to Tammy before the game today and I said to him that I felt today was the day,” said Lampard.
“A bit of kidology really because who knows before the game, but I do trust in him and as a young striker you need that support. I did feel something for him today and it will do wonders for his confidence.”
However, Abraham was the target of racist abuse on social media after the Chelsea’s Super Cup defeat by Liverpool in Istanbul earlier this month.
“He has had a tough little period for the reasons we all know and strikers get judged purely on goals at times which is sometimes slightly unfair, but when you ask about character and enthusiasm to play for this club then he is right up there,” added Lampard.
“You see it every day and he can get better and better so I am really pleased for him.
“I supported Tammy over the online abuse. I did it out loud and I did it behind the scenes. I supported him on that as much as I can.
“In terms of playing, hopefully he will see my belief in him from the fact he is playing and hopefully from the fact I want to do extra shooting with him daily, every type of finishing and the first one today was top drawer. That comes from work on the training ground.”
Abraham’s second goal saw him become the youngest Chelsea player to score twice in a Premier League fixture since 1998, twisting and turning and tying Grant Hanley and Jamal Lewis in knots before firing an unstoppable drive past Tim Krul.
The Blues thought they had scored again when Kurt Zouma poked a loose ball home, but it was ruled out by the video assistant referee after substitute Olivier Giroud was judged to have fouled the Norwich keeper.
The only downside to Chelsea’s victory came late on as Mount hobbled off injured, with the win meaning they are unbeaten against Norwich in 16 meetings.
While the Chelsea’s starting line-up had an average age of 24 years and 208 days – their youngest in the Premier League since February 1994.
By Olukayode Oniwinde
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