Frank Lampard has discussed the ‘growing’ influence of Tammy Abraham within the Chelsea dressing room, as the forward marked his return from injury with a goal in the club’s 2-1 victory over Aston Villa at Stamford Bridge.
The England international returned from a hip injury to score the opener on Wednesday night, before turning provider for Mason Mount to score the second as Chelsea returned to winning ways following consecutive league defeats.
Abraham has thrived since being handed his opportunity in Lampard’s youthful side this season, the 22-year-old’s opener against Villa his 11th Premier League goal of the season so far, though the Chelsea boss says the 22-year-old’s personality is now seeing him become an increasingly influential figure around the squad.
“Tammy is a personality that’s growing in our dressing room every day with his enthusiasm and his will to win,” Lampard told the BBC.
“He is a striker that’s near the top of the goalscoring charts in the league, he’s showing his all-round game, stretches defences and he starts our press.
“And of course if a player’s on such a good run it’s normal that if they go out of the team that you can miss them, and he came straight back in as he left off.”
Chelsea will look to continue their push for a top four finish this weekend, when they travel to face struggling Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime.