Cesar Azpilicueta believes that Tammy Abraham is capable of becoming the Premier League’s top scorer and scoop the Golden Boot in his first full season in the English top tier.
Abraham returned to action on Wednesday after recovering from injury and was back on the scoresheet as Chelsea beat Aston Villa – the Blues’ first win in three games – with the striker also registering the assist for Mason Mount’s goal in the 2-1 result.
The strike took Abraham’s tally to 11 goals in 14 games in the league, meaning he sits behind only Leicester’s Jamie Vardy in the race for the Golden Boot.
And Blues captain Azpilicueta, who was quick to point out that Abraham is more than just a poacher, feels that the 23-year-old can push his England team-mate all the way.
“He has the potential to go even higher,” the skipper said. “We know we are still in December with a lot of games but with his passion and hunger, he is capable of getting to the top, for sure.
“I am confident that he can get many more goals because of the way he is working and improving since he started pre-season.
“Not only is he scoring goals. He is playing for the team, recovering the ball and he made a tackle in our own half – that was an amazing effort for him.
“He made an assist as well [against Villa]. I am not just looking into his goals as a number because he is doing more than that. His desire is amazing. When he was injured, he wanted to come back as soon as possible.
“I think for him it was special to play against Aston Villa where he got promoted to the Premier League and where he had an amazing spell there. So for him, it was a special game.
“I am very happy for him because he showed that strength of character to play, score and get an assist. He was key for us. He showed his desire in pre-season to be a striker for Chelsea.
“It is something he has dreamt about and he worked for it all the way through the academy. He got his chance and is making the most of it.
“Vardy is doing an amazing season with a lot of goals and Tammy is behind him so if he is there, it is because he deserves it.”11 BUSINESS NUGGETS FROM SUPER EAGLES BRONZE MEDAL TRIUMPH. The content of this ebook will propel you above your competition. DOWNLOAD NOW!!!