On Wednesday night, Chelsea lifted spirits by handily beating Championship club Barnsley in the League Cup third round, winning 6-0 on the back of wonderkid Kai Havertz and his hat-trick.
But we shouldn’t overlook the big impact of another young player, centre forward Tammy Abraham. Although his main function is scoring goals, which he did for Chelsea’s opener, he provided the assist for two of Kai’s goals, and made the dummy on Mason Mount’s pass that opened up the penalty box for Havertz to score his first ever goal as a Chelsea player.
As Tammy told Chelsea TV after the match, he and Kai have been working on their chemistry in training already.
“We were working on it quite a lot. I would go short towards the ball and Kai would go in behind me, so I knew where he was.
“I had a quick look and he was there waiting, so it was great to see it work out so well.
“You know sometimes it’s good to assist other people. We’ve not had a lot of time to work together but as you can see, what we tried was paying off and hopefully it can continue like this for us.”
While Tammy ended last season as Chelsea’s top goalscorer with 18 goals across all competition, he was not a regular starter after the turn of the year, both thanks to injuries and the great form of Olivier Giroud. Since then, improved competition brought on by the arrival of Timo Werner, as well as Olivier Giroud staying at the Bridge instead of leaving, have made Tammy’s chances of returning to starting lineups a bit more difficult
But in his mind, the more competition we have at the club, the better.
“We all want good competition and good players. You need to have that at Chelsea, because we want to be competitive in every competition [and] at the end of the day it’s time to start winning trophies again.”
-Tammy Abraham; source: Chelsea FC
Proper winning mentality!