Chelsea of England striker, Tammy Abraham is basking in his double-strike of the past weekend, and declared that he always believed in his ability to make hay when the chips come down.
After netting twice in The Blues’ 3-2 victory away to Norwich City on Saturday, Abraham is standing tall once again, as his brace came on the heels of critical comments from fans and analysts, but the Nigerian-born attacker says he never doubted his capacity to come good.
He went on to further declare that support from Chelsea’s manager, Frank Lampard and strong self-belief inspired him to overcome a tough tough start to life as a top striker in the English Premier League.
The lanky star, who is in his 15th year at Stamford Bridge, shot up to joint-top scorer for The Blues this term (level with Mason Mount) with a performance that helped the Rivers State-indigene silence his doubters.
After scoring his first goal, Abraham, who settled the contest with a well-taken second-half strike, celebrated by embracing Lampard and paid tribute to his new boss.
Loan spells away from Stamford Bridge helped Abraham hone his craft, but he had yet to find the net for Chelsea, missing his penalty in the shoot-out against Liverpool, leading to the 21-year-old being racially abused on social media.
Abraham became the third youngest player to score twice in an EPL match for Chelsea, aged 21 years and 326 days, a calendar year behind the record of 20 years and 225 days held by Mark Nicholls who scored twice against Coventry City in January 1998.
‘Tammy’ is next on the log to Eddie Newton, who is now an assistant coach at Chelsea and still holds the record of being the youngest player of Nigerian descent to net a brace in a Premier League match for The Blues.
Aged 20 years and 358 days, Newton, who was a midfielder, scored in the 76th and 85th minute as Chelsea claimed a 2-1 win at Tottenham Hotspur on December 5, 1992, but Abraham made hay in his seventh game for Chelsea to net his first goal for the club he joined in 2004.
After starting the season with defeat at Manchester United, a Super Cup penalty shoot-out loss to Liverpool and a draw at home to Leicester, Lampard finally tasted victory at Carrow Road on Saturday, mostly thanks to ‘Tammy.’
The Nigerian-born England international is now among the goal-getters for the Europa League holders, as his brace at Norwich helped Lampard secure his first win as The Blues’ latest boss, and Abraham declared that he wants to get more success at East Anglia.
Abraham declared: “I have always believed in myself. Now I have scored two good goals and hopefully I can keep scoring for Chelsea.
“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.
“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.”