‘He’s doing incredibly’ – Azpilicueta says he knew Abraham was ready for Chelsea

With his latest goal against Southampton taking him to nine for the season, the young striker has earned high praise from his club captain

Cesar Azpilicueta says that he knew Tammy Abraham was ready to make an impact for Chelsea this season, with the young striker taking his tally to nine in all competitions after scoring against Southampton on Sunday.

Though Frank Lampard’s side have made a mixed start to the campaign and are currently fifth in the Premier League, Abraham has been a source of optimism in testing circumstances.

Chelsea are currently under a transfer embargo imposed by FIFA after they were found guilty of breaching rules relating to signing overseas players under the age of 18, leaving them with an uneven squad and an unfamiliar reliance on academy graduates.

With his latest goal against Southampton taking him to nine for the season, the young striker has earned high praise from his club captain

Cesar Azpilicueta says that he knew Tammy Abraham was ready to make an impact for Chelsea this season, with the young striker taking his tally to nine in all competitions after scoring against Southampton on Sunday.

Though Frank Lampard’s side have made a mixed start to the campaign and are currently fifth in the Premier League, Abraham has been a source of optimism in testing circumstances.

Chelsea are currently under a transfer embargo imposed by FIFA after they were found guilty of breaching rules relating to signing overseas players under the age of 18, leaving them with an uneven squad and an unfamiliar reliance on academy graduates.

That has represented a huge opportunity for Abraham, however, along with the likes of Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi, who made his first Premier League start against Southampton after a long lay-off with a ruptured Achilles.

The Blues ran out 4-1 winners at St Mary’s, Abraham opening the scoring with an improvised lob from long range.

Club captain Azpilicueta talked up Abraham’s contribution, saying: “I had confidence in him because I have known him since he was quite young.

“Every time I saw him his work ethic was very good. Last season he had an amazing spell at Aston Villa, he was a key player for them, he scored a lot of goals. 

“I knew he was ready for us and for the Premier League. As soon as he arrived he worked hard and wanted to help the team.

“Strikers live for goals so it’s great for him. He’s doing incredibly well and he scored an amazing goal. I’m very happy for him and I’m sure he can give us a lot more happiness in the future.”

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“WE DON’T CREATE ENOUGH CHANCES TO WIN A GAME OF FOOTBALL” SOLSKJAER EXPLAINS WHAT WENT WRONG IN NEWCASTLE DEFEAT

The fallout to Manchester United’s defeat by Newcastle United is continuing as we enter the international break.
United succumbed to their third loss in eight
Premier League games at the beginning of the new season, going down 1-0 on Tyneside following another dour display.
Matty Longstaff scored the winning goal for the hosts on his top-flight debut and United are not back in action until league leaders Liverpool visit
Old Trafford on October 20.
“We’re unhappy with the results and it’s the results that bring out the mood of everyone,”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “And I’ve got to say sorry to the fans that we’re not winning games.
“But that’s down to starting a rebuild and this is not a similar situation to when I was sat here after [the 4-0 defeat at] Everton last year, when I felt people had given up, and they don’t give what they have for the shirt. These boys give everything for the shirt and we’ll get there again.”