Lampard talks up ‘forgotten’ man Abraham ahead of UCL clash with Rennes

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has heaped praise on England striker Tammy Abraham, after the 23-year-old’s impressive return to the starting lineup. 

The Blues have been in excellent form of late, both in the Premier League and the Uefa Champions League, with Abraham the spearhead of what is fast becoming an incredibly exciting attacking unit.

The one-time Aston Villa man enjoyed a stellar start to the last campaign, before a slight dip in form coupled with the resurgence of Olivier Giroud saw his game time severely limited, particularly post-lockdown.

With the arrival of fellow forward Timo Werner from RB Leipzig in the summer, many believed that Abraham would have to play second fiddle, with a number of other attacking options at Lampard’s disposal.

However, after an indifferent start to the season and key injuries to the likes of Christian Pulisic, Abraham was thrust back into the action and has since scored in each of Chelsea’s last three games, including the 2-0 win over Newcastle at the weekend.

Such an impact has clearly not gone unnoticed by the Blues boss, who expressed his delight at the young man’s recent performances. Ahead of Chelsea’s European clash with Rennes on Tuesday night, Lampard hope his recent form can continue on a more consistent basis.

“I’m really pleased with him. He’s playing really well at the minute. His all-round game, off the ball work, link-up work, is good,” Lampard told his pre-match press conference.

“It got slightly forgotten he was a massive plus for us in the first half of last season and was a big reason we finished fourth.

“The second half of last season was more difficult for him, that’s normal for a developing player, and now I’m seeing a mirror of how he trains. He is training brilliantly; he is enthusiastic which is when Tammy is at his best. That is coming out in his game and I hope that continues.

“His next challenge is to remain consistent and if he looks at last season he will see that as well.”

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