Chelsea of England striker, Tammy Abraham has earned lavish words of praise from Liverpool legend, Michael Owen, who confessed he was shocked to see the Nigerian-born hit man strike three goals for The Blues on Saturday.
Own, who was a lethal striker as well during his heyday, and went on to make high marks for England at a very tender age, marveled over the burst of form that saw Abraham take his goals haul for the season to seven in the surprise demolition of their often hard-to-beat hosts, Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.
Abraham doubled the visitor’s advantage with a predatory finish from close range in the 34th minute, before planting a header past Rui Patricio to make it 3-0 five minutes before half-time, after which the in-form lanky attacker completed his hat-trick nine minutes into the second half, before Roman Saiss headed in to grab a consolation for Wolves in the 70th minute.
It ended in a 5-2 away win for The Blues, who were 3-2 victors over Norwich City in their first away victory before the international break, were rampant against Wolves and the visitors from London gave the home side nothing to cheer after the encounter.
In the 41st minute of the game, Abraham got his brace to equal a joint-record held by the duo of Cristiano Ronaldo and Dele Alli, as the third footballer aged 21 years or under to score twice or more in three successive English Premier League games.
To put the icing on his escalating impact, Abraham added another goal in the 55th minute to seal a very remarkable evening for Chelsea and help himself to yet another personal milestone, as the youngest player from Stamford Bridge to score a hat-trick in the EPLs’ history.
Abraham’s record-breaking display was the major talking point on social media, while Own chipped in his expert opinion as a television analyst during the pulsating encounter, in which The Blues’ Nigerian-born stopper, Fikayo Tomori also got on the scorers’ cards.
Tomori scored the game’s first goal with a 35-yard screamer in the 31st minute, but it was his fellow-Nigerian-born youngster, Abraham that stole the highlights and wowed Owen’s sight with his fifth goal of the season to make it 2-0 three minutes later, then went totally haywire en route to his sight and seventh of the campaign, thereby leaving the England icon mouth agape.
Owen said: ”It could have been a penalty, I am not sure whether to praise the referee for playing the advantage but that was a good goal.
”(The second one) is an even better goal. This is for me a proper striker’s goal. Look at him in the middle of the pitch there, you always try to stay on the blind side of the defender.
”People questioned that he could step up to this level and fair play as well to Frank Lampard because he missed a penalty in the Super Cup and then he had a little bit of slow start for a game or two but the patience and trust he has shown.”