The No.9 position has been something of a curse at Chelsea down the years.
Didier Drogba and Diego Costa made it their own, but plenty have come and gone, unable to quite be the centre-forward that the club needs, and they have often relied on other players to get their goals.
The latest man to fill the gap is Tammy Abraham, a youth product who has excelled on various loan spells, but mainly in the Championship.
However, he’s now in Frank Lampard’s first-team, and got off the mark for the season with two terrific goals against Norwich last weekend. So is he the answer Chelsea have been looking for? Who better to ask than former Chelsea winger Pat Nevin, who has followed Abraham’s career with keen interest.
“What a wonderful, beautiful story,” Pat said on the Totally Football Show this week. “I’ve been watching Tammy since he was about 14, 15 – a lot of players come through the youth system [at Chelsea] as we all know – he’s always been the one for me.
“His attitude is brilliant, strength, physique all that, but his technique is extremely good too.
“When others are swanning about looking as if they’re enjoying being recognised as a footballer, he’s enjoying doing it, playing, loving getting better all the time.
“There’s also a tiny little thing called being a natural goalscorer, which he is. And that’s a real surprise because there’s so few of them around.
“Of all the young players that have come through – Callum Hudson-Odoi has been great, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Mason Mount, how well he’s done – if I had to bet on any of them, from watching over the last seven, eight, nine years, he would be the one.”
So is he their long-term answer at No.9?
“I wouldn’t be surprised. You can’t say yes, because look at the number of world-class centre-forwards Chelsea have had up there and didn’t do it. It’s a hard place to play – if you’ve struggled and your name is Torres, Higuain, Shevchenko, you could go on and on with some of the names. It’s easy to say he should be the answer, but I hope he is, and I’m beginning to think he could be.”
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