Frank Lampard’s team against Borussia Monchengladbach in the final game of preseason last Sunday was supposed to show us more or less what his first team was going to be for next Sunday’s big kick off.
So there was some major surprise when Tammy Abraham was included in the starting XI. It had been almost accepted logic that Olivier Giroud, with his experience at the top level, would be the man leading the line for Frank, at least to start the season, while Tammy and Michy Batshuayi battled to usurp him.
That might still be the case, but could there be something that Tammy has that the others lack? The really notable thing about Lampard’s system so far has been the pressing. We’ve scored several goal already from stealing the ball high up the pitch.
Abraham has more pace than the other two, and the legs and work rate to chase all game. While he’s not the cleanest finisher – he missed several chances in that unexpected start – if Lampard really wants his number 9 to lead from the front, the youth product is definitely the way to go.
He’s the most mobile of the three, and given he’s scored plenty of goals in the Championship, it might just be a question of letting him build his confidence in the top flight before he’s rattling them in regularly.