Tammy Abraham knew this season would be a challenge.
The Chelsea academy product may have had the backing of supporters, but he’s also had his fair share of doubters since breaking into the Chelsea first-team.
A poor loan spell at Swansea had seen critics emerge – people unconvinced as to whether he could transition scintillating form in the Championship into a top-flight career.
Last season was a polarising one for the England striker. He scored goals but he also missed big chances. The former is usually enough to secure you a place in the Premier League, but for an ambitious club like Chelsea those fine margins make the difference.
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Abraham was playing on the razor’s edge and if he needed even an ounce of more pressure he got it when Chelsea signed a raft of new attackers.
At the front of that queue was Timo Werner.
The German international arrived in England with a pedigree. He’d scored countless goals for RB Leipzig and the expectation was he’d be Chelsea’s new leading-man. After all, the club had invested upwards of £50million in securing his services, amid interest from Liverpool.
It’s a sad truth that in football money talks. As beautiful as the Abraham story is, the club are always inclined to invest more time and patience in Werner because of what he cost. For that reason, it was expected that Abraham’s playing time would suffer this season.
And yet, here we are, more than half-way through November and Abraham has five goals and five assists in 13 games for Chelsea this season. He has racked up 626 competitive minutes, and on Saturday in the 2-0 win over Newcastle United, he even managed to link up with Werner to score Chelsea’s second goal.
Abraham slotted in from Timo Werner’s pass to score Chelsea’s second goal against Newcastle