Micah Richards was in shock during his coverage for BBC Sport after witnessing Tammy Abraham’s goal line clearance for Chelsea against Barnsley yesterday.

Thomas Tuchel’s team narrowly edged their way past the Tykes thanks to Abraham’s strike mid-way through the second half.

Although it turned out to be the decisive moment in the match, the Chelsea forward provided an equally important action down the opposite end of the field.

Abraham managed to head the ball over his own crossbar after a Barnsley had sent a shot that was destined to nestle in the back of the Blues net.

Barnsley v Chelsea: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Tammy Abraham of Chelsea clears the ball off the line during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Barnsley and Chelsea at Oakwell Stadium on February 11, 2021 in Barnsley, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Richard’s reaction at full-time was one of complimentary disbelief.

“He never did that at (Aston) Villa in training,” claimed the former Manchester City and Villa defender.

“He said he used to be a defender. I never knew that. Look at his intelligence just to get back on the line. Absolutely brilliant.

“I’ve never seen him do this ever before. It’s a hidden talent there.”

Barnsley v Chelsea: The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round
BARNSLEY, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 11: Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham during the Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Barnsley and Chelsea at Oakwell Stadium on February 11, 2021 in Barnsley, England. (Photo by Alex Dodd – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The pair only shared a pitch together for one year at Villa in 2018/19.

Abraham scored 26 times to help the Villains gain Championship promotion, whereas Richards called time on his playing career at the end of the campaign.

That goal last night was the 23-year-old’s 12th goal in all competitions, making him Chelsea’s top scorer.

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John Terry would have been proud of that defending. Abraham proved his worth in both boxes and also demonstrated that he should be a starter under Tuchel.

How many more cup goals will it take for him to become a regular again? I’m not sure, but he’s running out of rounds.

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