Why Chelsea should extend Tammy Abraham’s contract at the club
The 22-year-old has been on fire so far this campaign, with eight goals from nine league games. He is thriving in his first full season in the Premier League with the Blues, having spent the last three seasons out on loan.
Frank Lampard’s new approach of backing youth has seen several academy products benefit. And Tammy Abraham has been one of those who has spearheaded a young Chelsea team brilliantly so far this campaign.
Abraham’s current deal expires in 2022, but Chelsea are keen to reward his impressive form as he looks to cement himself as the club’s leading striker. And given his performances, the Blues are doing the right thing by securing the England international’s future.
Lampard’s revolution at Chelsea didn’t enjoy a great start as his side were thrashed 4-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford in their season opener. Abraham and Emerson had rattled the post for the visitors in the first half and had those goals gone in, the outcome would have been different that day.
It wasn’t an ideal start to the season for Abraham as well and question marks were further raised after Chelsea’s UEFA Super Cup defeat to Liverpool.
Following the 22-year-old’s decisive penalty miss during the Super Cup defeat, his Chelsea career looked at crossroads. However, he has shown great character and heart to bounce back from August’s disappointment.
The young striker has rewarded Lampard’s faith to the tune of nine goals in all competitions, thereby catching England national team manager Gareth Southgate’s attention. His eye-catching displays saw him receive a call-up to the England squad for the UEFA Euro Qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
It’s too early to say but Abraham could represent a genuine threat to Harry Kane’s place at the pivot of the Three Lions’ forward line.
The 22-year-old did hit plenty of goals on loan at Aston Villa last season that guided them to promotion but the Premier League is a different kettle of fish.
After a slow start to the campaign, he is showing his real talent and vindicating Lampard’s decision to start him week in and week out ahead of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.
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Lampard has been unwavering in his support of Abraham and is reaping the rewards. All Abraham is getting now is widespread praise and his rise has delighted so many people.
He is part of a group of Chelsea youngsters who are making their mark in the first-team this season and have noticeably matured heads on young shoulders.
Thus, it’s a no-brainer for Chelsea to keep hold of one of their exciting academy graduates in Abraham and secure his long-term future at Stamford Bridge.