Tammy Abraham shone on loan at Aston Villa last season but decided early on in the transfer window to shun any chance of going back in order to make a go of it as Chelsea’s first-choice striker.
The departure of Alvaro Morata and the Blues’ transfer ban have handed Abraham a golden opportunity but he is finding that life at the sharp end of the Premier League comes with renewed scrutiny.
Last weekend, against Manchester United, Abraham hit the post after three minutes and then found his credentials questioned as Chelsea were thumped 4-0 after that.
Against Liverpool last night, he came off the bench and won a penalty that allowed Jorginho to make it 2-2, before missing the spot-kick that meant the Reds lifted the Super Cup.
Seem to remember a young @RomeluLukaku9 missing a pen in a Super Cup Final.
Didn't do him any harm @tammyabraham, head up!
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 14, 2019
After the game, former Villa ace Stan Collymore took to Twitter to encourage Abraham, referencing the case of Romelu Lukaku, who has just moved to Inter Milan for £74 million (Guardian).
Lukaku missed a penalty in the 2013 Super Cup for Chelsea, under Jose Mourinho, and Collymore was keen to point out that it hasn’t stopped him having a career as an international striker.
Although, Mourinho did move him to Everton within days on loan – something that Lampard cannot do given the early closure of the transfer window and is not in his nature anyway.
That goes to show how fine the margins can be at the top level, although Lampard is not in a position to be anywhere near as ruthless as Mourinho was then.