Chelsea put in an eye-catching performance in midweek to beat Championship side Barnsley 6-0 in the third round of the Carabao Cup, which would have given manager Frank Lampard plenty to think about.
There were so many impressive individual performances in the cup tie, notably the hat-trick from summer signing Kai Havertz to score his first goals for the club and in English football.
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder delivered a masterclass at Stamford Bridge to prove to his manager he’s got a big future and he should now have real confidence moving forward.
But there was also a brilliant display from Tammy Abraham, one that should stick in the mind of Lampard.
Abraham scored one and assisted two in the Barnsley demolition, as he reminded everyone of his intelligence and composure around the penalty box.
The English centre-forward was perhaps even more impressive with his incredible work-rate, hunger and desire to be involved in everything and he ran himself into the ground.
Lampard should have learned a lot about his mentality from his performance, as he’s not sulked about being dropped from the starting XI at the beginning of the season and took his chance with the Barnsley start emphatically.
New Chelsea striker Timo Werner has started the opening two matches of the league season, with Abraham only receiving a late cameo off the bench in one of them.
But the 22-year-old showed a phenomenal attitude with his midweek display and it would’ve been easy to let his head drop.
He was the club’s top scorer last season with 18 goals across all competitions and there is no doubt he can have a huge role to play this campaign if his Barnsley display is anything to go by.
Werner’s versatility in attack means that he can operate from the left wing, so perhaps Abraham is in with a shout of starting through the centre at the weekend in the league away to West Brom.