By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 12th August 2019
Tammy Abraham has been named Chelsea’s number nine for 2019/20 and the Blues’ gentle start to the season could see him start September as a shock Premier League top scorer contender.
The 21-year-old netted 25 times in the Championship for loan club Aston Villa last term and can currently be backed at substantial Premier League top goalscorer odds of 25/1.
Chelsea face newly-promoted Norwich and Sheffield United inside their first four games of the new campaign, offering both Abraham and new manager Frank Lampard every chance of a positive first month back at Stamford Bridge.
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Frank-friendly first four fixtures could spell dream Chelsea return for Abraham
Manchester United (a), Leicester (h), Norwich (a) and the Blades (h) are arguably the easiest opening quartet of assignments handed out to any side that finished in last season’s top six.
Lampard’s men will be the only outfit among that sextet with the opportunity to chomp on two top-flight freshmen before the first international break.
Abraham has already been anointed the Blues’ number nine ahead of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi and – having struck home and away against the Steel City side last term – this spell can boost his self-belief further still.
United and Leicester will be tougher cookies to crumble, but the Reds only had the division’s 11th best defence last term, while the Foxes have lost defensive lynchpin Harry Maguire to United.
Moreover, with the greatest of respect to Aston Villa, the Camberwell native will have a superior supply line to that which served him in 2017/18, in Willian, Pedro and Ross Barkley.
The Chelsea youngster has form for fast starts in the top flight
Not only does the England Under-21 international arrive off the back of a breakout campaign in the second tier last term, but he was also among the top-flight goals at the start of 2017/18 when on loan at Swansea.
While Abraham’s scoring may have tapered off as the Swans’ doomed descent towards the Championship gathered speed, he began his time in south Wales like a work experience kid with one eye on the next season of the Apprentice, knocking in four goals in his first eight league games.
Two campaigns later, with a prolific loan spell at Aston Villa under his belt, he has returned to Chelsea a more complete striker and one who can reward his Premier League top scorer betting backers with a fair few free bets thanks to goals over the Blues’ next four matches.