The official Chelsea website brings you up to date with the progress being made by some of our players out on loan, including one who displayed his finishing ability in front of goal last night.
Tammy Abraham enjoyed a productive evening as Aston Villa played out a thrilling 5-5 draw against Nottingham Forest in the Championship last night, the 21-year-old scoring four goals for Dean Smith’s side.
It was Nottingham Forest who raced into a 2-0 lead after just six minutes, but Abraham scored twice in quick succession to quickly draw the home side level, the first of which was a superb glancing header.
The visitors restored their advantage soon after through Matty Cash, although Abraham ensured the scores were level at the break when he converted from the penalty spot – just as he did against Birmingham at the weekend – to complete his hat-trick after Yannick Bolasie had been brought down inside the box.
While there had been no shortage of drama in the first half, the second followed suit, with both teams scoring twice more each.
Joe Lolley made it 4-3 to Forest shortly after the restart with a stunning strike, and it was Abraham who restored parity once more as he arrived in the box to expertly head home 19 minutes from time, with Forest having been reduced to 10 men just beforehand when Tobias Figueiredo was shown a red card.
The drama, however, didn’t end there. Villa thought they had secured all three points when they went 5-4 up courtesy of a Anwar El Ghazi strike, but the 10 men of Forest earned a point when Lewis Grabban scored his second of the night eight minutes from time to cap an unbelievable evening at Villa Park.
Abraham has now scored 10 goals already this season for Villa, who are eighth in the Championship table following last night’s results, and in the video below you can watch him scoring a superb hat-trick for the Chelsea Academy against Tottenham.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Trevoh Chalobah was part of the Ipswich Town side who lost 3-2 at home to a Bristol City team which included Tomas Kalas. Chalobah started as part of a three-man midfield for the hosts, who had led twice, but Bristol City took all three points thanks to Famara Diedhiou’s winner. Kalas, in central defence, completed the full game for the visitors.
Reece James played the full game for Wigan as they recorded an impressive 3-1 win over Blackburn Rovers. James, who is enjoying a fine season for Paul Cook’s side, performed well once again at right-back as Wigan moved up to 15th in the table. Kasey Palmer was an unused sub for the visitors.
There was disappointment for Frank Lampard’s Derby County as they lost a tight game at Stoke City 2-1. Mason Mount started for the Rams, who trailed 1-0 at the break, but after drawing level through Harry Wilson in the second half, and with Stoke down to 10 men, they were the team who appeared most likely to kick on and secure the victory. However, Tom Ince’s 64th-minute strike won it for the home side. Derby are seventh in the table.
On Tuesday, in the Champions League, Michy Batshuayi was introduced as a second-half substitute as Valencia lost 1-0 to Juventus. The Belgian came on for the final 23 minutes of the game. That result, coupled with Manchester United’s win over Young Boys, means the Spanish side can no longer qualify for the knockout stages of the competition.
There was plenty of league action on Tuesday, with Lewis Baker making his first Championship start for Leeds as they beat Reading 1-0 at Elland Road. The Chelsea loanee was withdrawn at half-time for the home side, who are second in the table.
Michael Hector started as the central figure in a back three for Sheffield Wednesday who beat Bolton Wanderers 1-0. The Owls are now 16th.
Todd Kane, meanwhile, was part of the Hull City side which earned a credible 0-0 draw against leaders Norwich City. Kane started at right-back and played the full game with the home side defending well throughout the contest.
In League One, Bradley Collins was in goal for Burton Albion on Tuesday as they were beaten 2-1 by Charlton Athletic, and there was also a start for Ike Ugbo, who was part of the Scunthorpe team beaten 2-0 at Southend.
Earlier this week, in the Premier League, Kenedy started for Newcastle as they beat Burnley 2-1 at Turf Moor to record a third consecutive victory. The Brazilian was replaced for the closing minutes of the game.