Former Arsenal star Ian Wright has praised Frank Lampard’s decision to opt for Tammy Abraham instead of Olivier Giroud. The young forward scored two goals in Chelsea’s 3-2 win against Norwich.

As a result, Ian Wright believes that Abraham has repaid the faith that Lampard showed in him, despite the fact that the weight of the number 9 shirt is a heavy burden to bear.

“He is somebody who has been around but it’s been a long way to get to the Chelsea first team. That number nine shirt is very heavy and we’ve seen that with some of the strikers in years but the faith his manager has shown in him, he repaid that today,” quoted him as saying.

Wright then went on to state that Abraham is a better choice than Giroud because the former can do things the latter can’t, as he showed in his display against Norwich, and added that the youngster will continue scoring goal as long as he is confident.

“A lot of people were talking about the hold-up play and that Giroud should be playing because he’s not getting the play with him but he did that brilliantly today. His first goal was brilliant, composed, kept it down, it was perfect.

“He can come towards the play and he can go long, that’s something Giroud doesn’t give them. Some of the stuff Tammy does, Giroud can’t do. As long as his confidence stays up, he’ll score goals.”


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