Tammy Abraham’s resourcefulness has been one of the positive of Chelsea’s Pre-season program as they look forward to the new season particularly their opening Premier League match against rivals Manchester United.
He’s been impressive alongside Belgian forward Michy Batshuayi in
Frank Lampard’s new Chelsea revolution.
Tammy’s link-up play (upfront) in the attack has been exceptional for
the Londoners as this has earned him the trust of his manager and
former Chelsea goal-scoring midfielder Frank Lampard.
Abraham’s combination play with forward Michy Batshuayi is likened to that of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka who‘ve thrived many years on the Chelsea shirt.
In the match against Barcelona, he was spot on as he was in the right
places at the right time to capitalize on a defensive mix-up from the
Spanish giants Barcelona. This saw him open the scoring and helped Chelsea win 2-1 on the day.
With that impressive performance, we take a look at two great
(Nigerian) legends that his performance level has reminded us.
By Martins Obiweluozo
Tammy has got decent positioning as he was well placed in the central
area to open the scoring for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side.
He was unmarked in the Barcelona box as he finished beyond the
Barcelona goal. It was a special moment for the Blues as his teammates celebrated with him with hope for more in the season.
This can be likened to Rashidi Yekini’s predatory instinct and a class acts in front of goal as the Legends positioning had been an advantage to the Super Eagles in the past.
That exceptional attributes got Yekini score 37 goals for Nigeria. And he remains Nigeria’s all-time top goal scorer despite the efforts of Yakubu Aiyegbeni, Victor
Ikpeba, and co who are close to him on Nigeria’s scorer chart.
This is a positive one for Tammy as he has rekindled memories of the Nigerian legend Rashidi Yekini with his heroics for Chelsea agaknst Barcelona.
Tammy displayed flair for good positioning and great composure to put the ball in the back of the net to
The way he rounded the goalkeeper was exceptional just as Nwankwo Kanu was known for in his playing days – executing such confidence-laden dribbles during his playing days.
Many can recall how Kanu scored a hat-trick against Chelsea as his team Arsenal came from 2-0 down to win 3-2.
Abraham’s composure in front of goal can be a great advantage against Chelsea’s opponents in the new seaso, with hope for more playing time under Maurizio Sarri.
That’s the quality Abraham showed against Barcelona and the more
reason Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) must not relent in its efforts to get him and more talented Nigerian footballers in diaspora commit their allegiance to the country and play for the Super Eagles.