Lam­pard urges Abra­ham to find his scor­ing form

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport Football - By Matt Law

Frank Lam­pard has urged Tammy Abra­ham to re­gain his form from the first half of the sea­son, but de­nied the striker’s con­tract sit­u­a­tion has af­fected him.

Abra­ham is the last of Chelsea’s acad­emy grad­u­ates to sign a con­tract ex­ten­sion. There are two years left on his deal and it is be­lieved Chelsea have the op­tion of ex­tend­ing that by 12 months, although they would pre­fer the 22-year-old to sign a long-term con­tract.

Abra­ham is Chelsea’s top scorer with 15 goals, but has net­ted only once this year, and has lost his start­ing place to Olivier Giroud.

“I don’t think it [his con­tract] is in his mind now,” said Lam­pard, the head coach. “It cer­tainly shouldn’t be. What needs to be in his mind now is these games we have com­ing up and how much he can give us on the pitch.

“He has had a re­ally good sea­son. He hasn’t scored so much in the sec­ond half of the sea­son and as a young player it’s clear that when you have those pe­ri­ods there’s only one way out of it and that’s work and rep­e­ti­tion in train­ing.

“He just needs to focus on giv­ing us that Tammy we had ear­lier in the sea­son, which was giv­ing de­fend­ers so much of a prob­lem in games and scor­ing reg­u­larly.”

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