Tammy Abraham started from kick off as Lampard and Chelsea’s Champions League aspirations suffered a massive blow at the weekend after a proper thrashing at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
Living up to their name, The Blades thoroughly cut the Blues into shreds en route a 3-0 humbling led by an inspiring performance by David McGoldrick.
The veteran broke the hearts of Chelsea fans after he scored two rare goals on the day to give Sheffield United fans a day to remember for a long time.
For Chelsea fans, the result left them with more questions than answers, one of which was, why did their manager, Lampard start Tammy Abraham ahead of Olivier Giroud?
Looking at my timeline & boy am I getting dogs abuse from Man Utd fans. Thank you Chelsea for ruining my weekend!! Can someone explain what our tactics was for this game? Why drop Olivier Giroud for Tammy? Why bring 2 defenders on at half time when we needed attacking options on?
— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) July 11, 2020
Club legend and boss, Lampard shocked the fans when the team news came out with Abraham leading the attack for the Blues with the experienced and in form Giroud leading from the bench.
That decision proved to be an unpopular one from the start and became the point of frustration at the end following the final result, as more Chelsea fans took to their social media accounts to question Lampard’s tactical acumen.
However, we have proof that the club legend was perhaps spot on in his pre-game thinking to prefer Abraham to Giroud in what has now become an ill-fated match.
Here are two reasons why Lampard was right to have started Abraham, not Giroud.
Tammy Abraham loves scoring against the Blades
Of course, we know what happens in football when a footballer has scored a number of goals against a particular side – chances are he could find another when next he faces such a team.
The 22-year-old Abraham has scored three goals in two premier league appearances against Sheffield United, Saturday’s encounter was his first at Bramall Lane.
Tammy Abraham is Chelsea’s leading scorer on the road
This season, no Chelsea player has scored more goals for the Blues away from home than Abraham’s nine (9), and that is not even all.
That figure also ranks the youngster high in the history of the club as only Didier Drogba (15 in 2009-10) and Nicolas Anelka (11 in 2008-09) have netted more on the road in a single campaign for the Blues.
Therefore, we know the fans are hurt hence they have called to question Lampard’s tactical know-how following the painful defeat, Abraham, who is also Chelsea’s top scorer in the PL with 14 goals, has done enough this season for his manager to entrust him with more responsibilities.
Verdict: Chelsea fans, You Don’t Know Ball!