Tammy Abraham has applauded Frank Lampard for giving Chelsea‘s younger players extra confidence, after his match-winning display against Norwich on Saturday.
Abraham scored twice as the Blues picked up a hard-fought 3-2 win at Carrow Road, registering their first three points of the 2019-20 campaign.
The English centre-forward opened the scoring with a brilliant first-time volley, but the Canaries quickly pegged Chelsea back via a Todd Cantwell strike.
Lampard’s side retook the lead through Mason Mount before Norwich levelled the scoreline once more when Teemu Pukki finished on the half-hour mark.
Abraham had the final say in the 68th minute when he picked up a Mateo Kovacic pass deep in opposition territory, beating two defenders before firing past Tim Krul.
The 21-year-old scored 26 goals on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship last season, but some have doubted his ability to transfer that kind of form to the Premier League.
Lampard’s faith in Abraham was rewarded this weekend and the striker has credited the Blues boss for how he encourages the club’s younger stars.
“It’s always nice to have that support behind you, especially how he supports the young lads,” Abraham told Chelsea’s official website.
“He gives us confidence. When a coach believes in you, you just want to do your best and give 100 per cent.”
The England U21 international was subjected to racist abuse online after the match in Istanbul, but he has continued to work hard and fight for a place in Lampard’s line up.
Despite a difficult start to the season, Abraham still has plenty of faith in his ability and has his sights set on scoring regularly after breaking his duck.
“I have always believed in myself,” he added. “I know I have had a bit of a sticky time at the start of the season, but I’m someone who doesn’t let that affect me. It drives me on.
“Now I have scored two good goals and hopefully I can keep scoring for Chelsea.
“This is football at the end of the day. You just have to enjoy it as much as you can. It’s not a long career, so while you’re out there you just have to give your best and just enjoy it.”
Next up for Chelsea is a clash with newly-promoted Sheffield United at Stamford Bridge on Saturday, before the season’s first international break takes effect.