Tammy Abraham led Chelsea in goalscoring last season — and it wasn’t close, with seven more (18) than either Willian or Christian Pulisic, who were joint second (11 each). But Tammy’s goals were not evenly distributed throughout the season, with only four coming after the turn of the year. Combined with the arrival of Timo Werner, Tammy’s position was not entirely clear within the team, especially in terms of the narrative.
But speaking of narratives, the man who broke the Curse of The No.9 shirt at the club shouldn’t be underestimated, even if that might be easy to do given his homegrown roots. In 13 appearances this season, he has 5 goals and 5 assists, and has gotten at least a goal or an assist in each of his 7 starts. And the homegrown roots just make it all the more meaningful for the 23-year-old.
“For me, to be back in the team is an honour. I have played for this club since the age of seven and I have always been a no.9 up front and I have been given my chance, and hopefully I keep scoring.”
Instead of being usurped by Werner, Abraham has developing a strong partnership with the new arrival. The Tammy-Timo twinning worked out great once again yesterday. While they each missed at least one great chance, they did combine to score Chelsea’s second goal — Werner carrying the ball at great speed through midfield, playing in Tammy who finished coolly — that made the points safe in what was otherwise a dominant Blues performance.
“We knew we are quick on the counter-attack so I had to get myself forward. I was tired but I had to stay in control and pass it through the keeper and that is what I did and killed the game off, thankfully.
“It was 1-0 for a long time and those games are always tricky when you are 1-0 up and you can’t get the second goal. It is very easy to drop your heads and lose confidence but we didn’t do that, we kept confidence and kept going.
“We didn’t let the international break distract us, we had to come out with all guns blazing which is what we did and it is a massive three points.”
-Tammy Abraham; Source: Chelsea FC
International breaks can often disrupt a team’s good form, but that was fortunately not the case for Chelsea who won for the fifth time in a row and are now unbeaten in twelve, stretching back all the way to September.
We’ve done so by continuing to trust the youth, and the youth continuing repaying that trust with match-winning performances. Let’s keep it going!