Chelsea boss Lampard has to start Tammy Abraham against Arsenal according to Shearer
Alan Shearer said Frank Lampard must start Tammy Abraham in Saturday’s clash against Arsenal after his two-goal heroics against West Ham.
The Chelsea manager raised some eyebrows with his decision to name the England international ahead of Olivier Giroud in the starting line-up against West Ham.
The latter had six goals in his last four starts in all competitions, including Chelsea’s only strike in last weekend’s defeat against Wolves.
Shearer said it was a “big decision” from Lampard. But, in the end, it worked really well for both the manager and Abraham.
“When you’re given the opportunity again to go in, bearing in mind how big Giroud is in terms of personality, you got to make a point,” Shearer told Premier League Productions.
“There is no better way of making the point than putting the ball in the back of the net.
“And to do it twice, for confidence-wise, it would do him a world of good.”
The all-time Premier League top scorer also believes Abraham’s performance should guarantee him a start against Arsenal on Boxing Day.
“He [Lampard] has to [play Abraham against Arsenal],” Shearer added (Premier League Productions).
“When you are a striker to have scored two when the manager was practically begging you to do that, in the end you got to prove a point, you can’t then leave him out of the next game when he is full of confidence.
“He’d want the game tomorrow, three or four days will be too long for Tammy Abraham now, because of the way he’s feeling.”
With his brace, Abraham now has more Premier League goals (five) than any other Chelsea player this season, above Timo Werner and Kurt Zouma (four goals each).
However, Lampard will need both his strikers ready regardless of who starts against Arsenal.
Chelsea are going to play against Aston Villa just 48 hours after their trip to the Emirates Stadium and a heavy rotation seems likely.
This would also apply for the defence and midfield departments.