Cesar Azpilicueta hails forward Tammy Abraham after netting eighth Premier League goal of the season

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has stated Tammy Abraham is doing 'incredibly well' this season after he ended his loan spells to lead the Blues' line this season.

Loan spells at Swansea City, Bristol City and Aston Villa have all lead up to this point of now being given a chance at Chelsea under Frank Lampard. 

The 22-year-old netted 26 goals for Villa in the Championship last season as they were promoted to the top-flight, and he's continued that goalscoring feat with another eight in the Premier League this season.

He also has a Champions League goal to his name after a fine finish in the 2-1 win in France against LOSC Lille. 

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Cesar Azpilicueta captained the side on Sunday against Southampton in which the Blues produced a fantastic performance. Chelsea FC

A spectacular lob against Southampton saw Abraham give Chelsea the lead, and his ruthlessness in front of goal rubbed off on Cesar Azpilicueta who believed he was ready to play for the club after his spell with Aston Villa last season.

Speaking to the official Chelsea website, the Blues captain said: "I had confidence in him because I have known him since he was quite young.

"Every time I saw him his work ethic was very good. Last season he had an amazing spell at Aston Villa, he was a key player for them, he scored a lot of goals. I knew he was ready for us, and for the Premier League. As soon as he arrived he worked hard and wanted to help the team.

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Tammy Abraham and Fikayo Tomori at St. George's Park after getting the call-up for England's upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.England

"Strikers live for goals so it’s great for him. He’s doing incredibly well and he scored an amazing goal," the Spaniard continued in his praise for the young forward who was called up for international duty for England last week.

"I’m very happy for him and I’m sure he can give us a lot more happiness in the future."

The curse of the no.9 shirt at Stamford Bridge is forgotten. Abraham has brought power, pace, desire and the most important trait - an eye for goal as he continues to fire Chelsea forward.