Lampard calls on Chelsea fringe player to start ‘firing’

Date published: Sunday 26th January 2020 9:07

Frank Lampard hopes Michy Batshuayi will fill the injured Tammy Abraham’s boots after the striker put Chelsea on course for victory at Hull in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

The Belgium international fired a shot that deflected past Hull keeper George Long as the home fans’ hopes of an FA Cup shock took a sixth-minute knock.

Blues boss Lampard said Batshuayi’s goal underlined the dangers of an overreliance on Abraham and spoke of his desire to see the 26-year-old thrive in his absence.

“He got his goal so I’m pleased as it’ll help his confidence,” Lampard said.

“I’ve said it all season, we can’t just rely on Tammy. I want him firing, I’ve said all season that he can do this, so I just want to see him putting home goals.

“I want to see to him performing, at this level you’re judged on scoring goals and I know he can do that so it’s good to see it. He’s an out and out striker, an international striker.”

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