Tammy Abraham, fresh from his hat-trick at the weekend, has belief his fellow striker Timo Werner will soon be back among the goals too, drawing on his own experience of adapting to the Premier League and valuing Werner’s work ethic.
Abraham made his debut for Chelsea back in 2016 but then went away on loan before establishing himself back here last season. Werner, in his first season in England, scored eight goals by the first weekend in November but then went on a goalless run that ended when he found the net in the third round of the FA Cup earlier this month. However, he could not repeat that in the same competition on Sunday when his penalty against Luton Town was saved.
Speaking after that match and before Monday’s announcement that the club had parted company with Frank Lampard, Abraham had this to say:
‘I feel that to be a new player coming into the Premier League it is never easy. I have had my struggles last season where I went a couple of games without scoring myself, so I know the pressure that comes with it.
‘You just have to keep getting into the right areas and putting yourself out there. One thing I love about Timo is that even in hard times he always works his socks off. He is a top player and it is always good to have those players around you.
‘As a striker you just have to keep making the runs and getting yourself in those positions. Eventually it will come for you.’
The 23-year-old points out that whether producing the goods like he did at the weekend or in leaner times, scrutiny is always a part of life at the top.
‘That’s one thing that getting into football does to you,’ he said. ‘There is always pressure. Good times and bad times, there is always pressure in football. But I feel like that is what we signed on for, to deal with the pressure.
‘It is about how we overcome the bad times and when we are having the good times, how to celebrate those as well. For us as a team we just need to stick together and work hard, go back to basics - what we are good at.’