Tammy from near and now far

Before his goalscoring heroics on Saturday afternoon, Tammy Abraham had never scored a goal from outside the box in his professional career. He certainly picked a good time to end that run!

Abraham netted 60 times during his loan spells at Bristol City, Swansea and Aston Villa, but none of those goals would have meant as much as the two he scored for his boyhood club to help us win a thrilling encounter at Carrow Road. The first was a sweetly-struck half-volley from 10 yards, the second from twice as far out but just as clinical.

As the man himself was quick to note afterwards, it was his maiden goal from outside the 18-yard box.

‘I saw space to run in to,' he said. 'Kovacic found me with a good pass. I got it onto my stronger side and took the shot from outside the box. It turned out to be a good finish.

Opta statistics have further information on his career goals to date, certainly backing up his point his right foot is his better side.

A further inspection of his goals prior to Saturday show not only that they had all been scored from inside the penalty area, but almost 40 per cent were netted from six yards out or closer.

In his five Premier League appearances for Chelsea, including two at the end of the 2015/16 season, three of his nine shots have been struck from outside the box, or 33.3 per cent. In his 112 league appearances for other clubs, long-range efforts have accounted for 30 of his 273 shots, or 11 per cent.

Perhaps it is a sign of his confidence to try his luck from distance, and having already hit the post against Man United from 18 yards and now scored against Norwich to earn our first three points of the campaign, who can blame him?

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