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Lampard vows to be tougher than ever on Abraham

Frank Lampard, Tammy Abraham, Chelsea
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Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has warned Tammy Abraham that he’ll push him harder than ever after scoring a hat-trick at Wolves.

Abraham’s impressive rise continued on Saturday by scoring his first hat-trick for Chelsea. The treble at Molineux saw him move level with Manchester City star Sergio Aguero at the top of the Premier League scoring charts on seven goals.

The 21-year-old later stated in his post-match interview that he hopes to make 2019/20 “my season”. This comes after spending time at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa on loan amid a lack of Chelsea chances.

Lampard’s arrival as manager, however, has triggered a big change in fortunes for  Abraham. Now the young attacker is a regular in the line-up ahead of Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud.

And, considering that all of Abraham’s seven goals have come in his last three games, it appears Batshuayi and Giroud may have a long wait on their hands for starting opportunities.

But Lampard warned his star frontman to not drop his level despite his new-found status with Chelsea.

“I felt that knowing his abilities and watching him in the Championship have two great seasons and in the Premier League, I felt it was more than time for him to have his opportunity,” said Lampard.

“He needed to show it in pre-season and at the start of the season, hence he started at Manchester United.

“I have competition up there. I definitely don’t want to down-talk Giroud and Batshuayi because we need them as well and Batshuayi looked sharp when he came on and Oli always gives something of a high level, so it was up to Tammy to show it.

“I’ve got confidence in him and I’m prepared to give him chances, but even more now I’ll be tougher on him because he’s shown what he can do.

“So the moment he wants to come off that and think that goals will just drop at his feet will be a moment when maybe he will be rested, so it’s important he makes sure he stays on his game.

“I’m happy because I see him every day with a feeling like he wants to play every day, to score goals every day and that’s something a bit special. You don’t see that in all young players and it’s a great gift in him.”

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WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 14: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s fourth goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Chelsea FC at Molineux on September 14, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)