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Lampard Offers Tammy Abraham ‘Cursed’ Chelsea No. 9 Shirt
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Lampard Offers Tammy Abraham ‘Cursed’ Chelsea No. 9 Shirt

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

It seems Tammy Abraham could be in line for a key role at Chelsea next season after manager Frank Lampard asked him to take the vacant No. 9 shirt.

Abraham is one of numerous Chelsea players that have returned to the club for pre-season after going out on loan last season.

And with the Blues facing a two-window transfer ban, the 21-year-old looks set to be one of three senior strikers for Chelsea.

The England international scored 25 goals last season to help Aston Villa secure promotion to the Premier League after spending the previous two seasons with Bristol City and Swansea City.

"I am honoured to wear the No. 9 shirt at Chelsea," Abraham who has Nigerian roots scored as Chelsea defeated Barcelona 2-1 to win the Rakuten Cup in Japan on Tuesday told reporters. "It was a fantastic performance by everyone today."

"I spoke to the manager and he asked me if I am ready to take the No. 9. I said I am ready.

"I am glad he offered the No. 9. I think football brings a lot of pressure but it strives me on. It gives me that extra belief to go on and do well."

Chelsea's No. 9 shirt is seen as 'cursed' by many with a host of Blues strikers failing to perform optimally while donning the shirt.

Mateja Kezman, Radamel Falcao, Alvaro Morata and most recently Gonzalo Higuain are some of the top players who have underwhelmed in the No. 9 shirt. Abraham is, however, not worried about it.

"I have heard all the rubbish about the [curse] of the No. 9 shirt," Abraham added. "I am just here to play my game and do my best."