The 21 year old star centre forward of Chelsea, Tammy Abraham is going to wear the number 9 jersey this season. Previously, almost all the number 9 jersey owners of the Blues failed to make their impact in the team. Will the curse continue for Tammy Abraham too or it is going to end now.
Over the years, the Blues are facing an issue over the number 9 jersey. The list of flop number 9s for Chelsea will be uncountable. We can begin with Fernando Torres. Torres was in great form before coming to Chelsea. He was given the number 9 jersey rightfully. However, Torres failed to replicate his form for the Blues and he was not that much successful for the Blues over the years. Though, he had won the Champions League and Europa League title with the Blues.
Then, another edition of this number 9 jersey was given to Radamel Falcao. Falcao was also not successful for the Blues. One of the biggest flops of this number 9 jersey for the Blues was Alvaro Morata. The Spanish centre forward had a lot of potential to shine in the Premier League. However, he failed to prove himself for the Blues in the two seasons he played at Stamford Bridge.
The latest edition of flop number 9 of Chelsea was Gonzalo Higuain who came as a loanee from Juventus. However, he also failed to make an impact in the side. After the departure of Maurizio Sarri, Frank Lampard became the head coach of the Blues. Frank Lampard told Tammy Abraham to take the number 9 jersey. Tammy Abraham seemed to be really happy with this decision. He felt honoured and he would be looking forward to perform well for Chelsea.
In the practice match against Barcelona, Tammy Abraham started as the lone centre forward for the Blues. It might be an indication that the youngster will be the first choice of Frank Lampard. Frank Lampard tried quite a few formations in the preseason. Mostly he has given importance to two formations and they are 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2. If Frank Lampard opt to play with one centre-forward, Tammy Abraham will be his first choice anyday. If he wants to play with the second formation which need two centre forwards, Michy Batshuayi will join Tammy Abraham upfront. Olivier Giroud might be used more in Cup games in this season for Chelsea.
There are three options in the hand of Frank Lampard to play upfront. The Blues can not sign any new player in this summer transfer window as they are currently serving the transfer ban for two transfer windows. This might be a great chance for the youngsters to prove themselves under the management of Frank Lampard.
Tammy Abraham is surely one of the players to look out in this season for Chelsea, as his performances have been really good. The youngster has proved himself in the Championship and now he is ready to start for the Blues. The fans might be worried about the number 9 curse; but the player is ready to give his 100 percent in the field.