For the first time in his Chelsea career, Tammy Abraham took home the match ball following his wonderful hat-trick in the 5-2 win at Wolves.
In so doing, the 21-year-old became the youngest ever Chelsea player to score a Premier League hat-trick, and is the youngest Englishman to do so in the competition since Raheem Sterling (v Bournemouth) in October 2015.
The Chelsea striker has now expressed his hope that his fruitful run of form can help him cement his place in the Blues first team, Soccernet.ng reports.
Abraham told Chelsea’s official website: “I’ve been working hard and hopefully this can be my season. It’s up to me to keep showing the gaffer (Frank Lampard) in every game and training session that I’m hungry and I want success.
“He (Lampard) told me at half-time to stay on and get the hat-trick so I believed and stayed focused. I’ve just got to be ready to take every chance that comes my way with both hands. I’m working hard and I’m just delighted to see that pay off with my goals [on Saturday] as well as the three points.”
Each of Chelsea’s 11 Premier League goals this season have been scored by English players aged 21 or under – Abraham (7), Mason Mount (3) and Fikayo Tomori (1).
The trio were all on target in the win over Wolves – Fikayo curled a 30-yard-effort into the top corner – and were the last players to leave the pitch after the match.
Abraham explains why,
“I was thinking ‘don’t shoot, Fikayo’ but everyone is delighted for him. In training, he’s been trying it every day and smashing windows but [against Wolves] it paid off – it was a great strike.
“We (Abraham, Tomori and Mount) were the last people off the pitch because we were discussing how we’ve all scored in the same game for Chelsea. We’ve dreamt of that since we were little boys and we made it happen.”
Abraham’s treble on Saturday saw him surge to the top of the Premier League scoring charts with seven goals, where he was subsequently joined by Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.