Frank Lampard will be tougher than ever on Tammy Abraham after the Chelsea striker scored a hat-trick in a 5-2 victory over Wolves on Saturday.
Abraham moved to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with a fine treble at Molineux, following up doubles against Norwich City and Sheffield United to take his tally for the season to seven.
The 21-year-old, who spent time on loan at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa in the past three years, said after the match he hopes to make 2019-20 “my season”.
“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,” Chelsea boss Lampard said of Abraham.
“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.”