Frank Lampard insists he is ‘very happy’ with Tammy Abraham’s scoring record at Chelsea after England striker became club’s second-youngest player behind only Eden Hazard to score 20 Premier League goals
- Tammy Abraham’s double against West Ham saw him reach the achievement
- The England striker now boasts 20 goals in 47 Premier League appearances
- Chelsea boss Frank Lampard hailed him for blossoming despite the pressure
- The Blues will take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium next on Boxing Day
Abraham now boasts 20 goals in 47 Premier League appearances, with five strikes so far this term.
Frank Lampard has hailed Tammy Abraham’s promising Premier League goal record at Chelsea
Abraham became the club’s second-youngest player to 20 Premier League goals on Monday
And boss Lampard hailed the homegrown striker for continuing to blossom, even amid the pressures of wearing Chelsea’s coveted No 9 shirt.
‘I’m very pleased with his form, and Tammy offers a lot,’ said Lampard. ‘We saw that the other night against West Ham and we’ve seen that this season whenever he’s played.
‘Tammy and Olivier Giroud have offered us a lot in their own way at different times. Now he just has to keep working and keep progressing.
‘Last season was a great, real breakthrough season for him in terms of Premier League and being Chelsea’s No 9, and there’s more work he can do.
Only former forward Eden Hazard managed to get to the milestone of 20 goals in quicker time
‘I’m very happy with him.’
Chelsea will take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Boxing Day before hosting Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge on December 28.
Two quick-fire fixtures will require boss Lampard to rotate his resources, leaving him more concerned than usual over the fitness of his injury doubts.
Ben Chilwell’s ankle issue and Reece James’ knee concern will require late checks, while Hakim Ziyech has still not beaten his hamstring injury.
‘Hakim won’t be fit for Arsenal but he’s not a long-term concern,’ Lampard said.
Lampard praised Abraham and fellow striker Olivier Giroud for offering variety to the side
‘In fact we hope to have him back in the next week or so, and have him offering what he was offering before – because he was offering great things, and you miss that when he’s taken away.
‘But that’s football, that’s the squad, that’s what happens when players are playing at a very high level every two or three days.’
Chelsea will head to north London to take on an Arsenal side far removed from that which dismissed Lampard’s men to lift the FA Cup in August.
Boss Mikel Arteta is battling to save his job, with the club languishing in the lower reaches of the Premier League table.
Hakim Ziyech has still not beaten his hamstring injury and will miss the game against Arsenal
Refusing to engage on Arsenal’s treacherous position and whether they are in a relegation battle, Lampard said: ‘I don’t want to talk about what their battle is, they’re just a good team with a good manager.
‘They’ve had some tough results recently but the general way of the Premier League this season for every team it’s been more inconsistent than it’s been in previous seasons for most teams.
‘It’s not my concern exactly where they are at, my concern is the team at face value, in terms of quality, and they are a high-quality team.
‘We have to prepare to take on the best possible Arsenal.’
Lampard refused to comment on whether Arsenal are involved in a relegation battle