Jamie Carragher explains how Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has proven him wrong with one star | Football | Sport
Carragher thought veteran striker Olivier Giroud would be leading the Blues attacking line this season and Abraham would be playing the role of back-up, but Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has proven the former Liverpool defender wrong.
Lampard has started Abraham more than Giroud and the 21-year-old has repaid his manager’s faith in him by scoring seven goals from five Premier League appearances.
“I was still of the opinion that Olivier Giroud should be first-team striker and that Tammy Abraham should be the bit-part player,” Carragher said on Sky Sports Monday Night Football.
“This shows that Frank Lampard knows more about Chelsea’s young players than I do.”
While Giroud has yet to open his account in the league for Chelsea this season, Abraham produced a stunning performance in the Blues’ 5-2 win over Wolves at the weekend, as the academy graduate grabbed a hat-trick at Molineux.
Chelsea sold Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer and were unable to bring in any players as they were given a two-window transfer ban from FIFA, following an investigation into their signing of foreign under-18 players.
As a result, Lampard has been forced to utilise the club’s younger talent and has given players such as Abraham, Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori a chance to stake a claim for a place in the first-team.
And Carragher is impressed with how his former England team-mate has managed to get the club’s young players scoring goals.
“[Abraham’s] performance was absolutely fantastic, not just against Wolves, but throughout this whole season,” Carragher added.
“For Chelsea, speaking to fans, they’re just happy that to see young players scoring.
“They’ve won everything already, they want to keep winning but this is something they’ve never had before.”
Chelsea might have only won two games so far this season but they are currently sixth in the table as several teams have made an indifferent start to the season.
And Carragher thinks the club’s fans would be okay with them finishing outside the top six if they can see development in the young players during this campaign and have the aim of bouncing back next season.
“There was a big banner at Stamford Bridge that read ‘we’ve got our club back’. They’re talking about the staff like Lampard, Jody Morris and Petr Cech,” Carragher added.
“Chelsea fans would maybe accept finishing outside the top six as long as they’re thinking they can push on with these young players.”