Tammy Abraham is proving to be Chelsea unlikely hero

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At the 78th minute of the Chelsea match against their London rival, West Ham United, Timo Werner cuts in from the left and fired a poorly hit shot. Tammy Abraham was just at the right place at the right time, kept onside by Cresswell to poke his goal past Fabianski.

He was not finished by then. At the 80th minute, he will go on to add gloss to the match scoreline. Pulisic header from Mason Mount cross was kept out by Fabianski at point-blank but Tammy Abraham was at the right place to score from a tight angle.

His two goals in a matter of two minutes meant Chelsea played the remaining ten minutes of the match more comfortably. They were caused all sorts of problems by an in-form West Ham side. They harried and hassled Chelsea midfield and defense. They launched long balls and tried to dominate Chelsea with their aerial threat and physicality.

Chelsea defense ably marshaled by Thiago Silva dealt and supported by ever-improving Kurt Zouma dealt with everything that was thrown at them. Thiago Silva even opened the scoreline with a header from Mason Mount delivery from a corner kick. Mendy also claimed most of their crosses comfortably

West Ham was buoyed by their impressive results against the top teams in Premier League and against Chelsea. They did the double against Chelsea last season winning at home and at Stamford Bridge. This season, they have secured draws against Manchester City, Tottenham, and routed Leicester 3-0.

Tammy Abraham stepped up when it mattered. His timely brace lifts Chelsea up to the fifth position in the Premier League. It also halted Chelsea’s current poor run of form having lost consecutively to Everton and Wolves.

The goals ensured he is now Chelsea’s highest goal scorer in the EPL with five goals in 13 appearances. Six of those appearances are off the bench. This means he has more Premier League goals than Timo Werner, with just four in 14 appearances. Timo Werner has been a guaranteed starter since he made his PL debut.

Ironically, Chelsea brought in Timo Werner in a big-money move from RB Leipzig due to his goal-scoring prowess. His arrival was suggested in some corners as the end of Tammy’s starters berth. He is meant to confine Tammy Abraham to just substitute roles. Tammy Abraham was highly inconsistent last season as Chelsea’s leading man whereas Timo Werner was consistently banging in goals for RB Leipzig.

At the start of the new season, Timo Werner was handed the number “9” role while Abraham had to manage a place in the substitute bench. Werner started his Chelsea career in exciting fashion hitting 8 goals in his first12 appearances for Chelsea.

However, since his brace against Ukraine in the Euro Nations League, his goal scoring form has deserted him. He is yet to score for both club and country with his last goal coming on the 17th of November. He drew blank against West Ham, making it nine games without a goal for Chelsea.

Abraham has scored three goals since then, with his brace against West Ham one of his best contributions of the season so far. He has regained the center-forward position with Timo Werner shunted to the wings.

Part of the reason for this tactical shift is the injury to Chelsea main wingers, with Hakim Ziyech, Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic injured at some point this season. Pulisic has recovered but he is yet to gain both form and fitness.

Timo Werner has managed to stay fit all season and has proven to be a decent fit at the wings with his pace helping Chelsea to break through some defense. He has made up for his lack of goal with assists, having provided four assists in the Premier League.

Based on his current form, Tammy will continue to play through the center as Timo Werner continues to search for his goals.

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