Three key talking points from Chelsea’s win over Norwich

Norwich vs Chelsea

Saturday’s early Premier League kick-off saw Chelsea take on Norwich City.

The newly-promoted side have had a solid start to life back in the Premier League.

They did lose 4-1 to Liverpool at Anfield, but showed bright spells over the 90 minutes.

Norwich then picked up their first win of the new season last weekend, beating Newcastle 3-1.

As for Chelsea, they were still going in search of their first league win of the season after drawing vs Leicester, and losing to Manchester United.

Heading into this tie, Chelsea suffered a blow in the warm-up, as Pedro, who was originally in the starting line-up, had to be withdrawn due to injury.

The game got off to a very exciting start, with the score already 1-1 by the 7th minute, thanks to strikes from Tammy Abraham and Todd Cantwell.

The game was then 2-2 by the 30th minute, following goals coming from Mason Mount and Teemu Pukki.

The final score would be Chelsea 3-Norwich 2. Here are three key talking points from the clash.

Tammy gets off the mark

For the past few seasons, Chelsea have struggled to find a number nine who will consistently score goals.

Chelsea have recently tried Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata, Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud in that spot.

None of the above-mentioned players have really done enough to hold down that space, with both Higuain and Morata no longer at the club.

With Chelsea under a transfer ban this summer, they were unable to bring in a new striker.

As a result, Frank Lampard had to use the forwards at his disposal.

One of the strikers whom Lampard looks to be using this season is Chelsea youth product, Tammy Abraham.

Abraham has been handed the number nine shirt this campaign, and has featured in all of their games in 2019/20.

However, prior to the Norwich clash, Abraham had made just six appearances for Chelsea’s senior side, and scored zero goals.

If you are going to be a number nine for a top-six club, you really need to be scoring goals, and Abraham getting of the mark sooner rather than later was essential.

The 21-year-old did so three minutes into Saturday’s game, and Chelsea will now be hopeful that Abraham can use that strike to build some confidence and continue scoring goals.

He then added a second in the 68th minute, which would win Chelsea the game.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Mason Mount of Chelsea celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea FC at Carrow Road on August 24, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Pukki can’t stop scoring

Norwich signed Teemu Pukki on a free transfer back in July of 2018.

Based on his season and a bit at Norwich, that has got to be one of the best bits of business done in English football.

The 29-year-old scored 29 and assisted 10 in 43 Championship games last season.

Pukki has since stepped up a level to the Premier League, but his goal-scoring record is still superb.

Despite being hammered by Liverpool on the opening day of the PL season, Pukki still opened his account.

Pukki would then net a hat-trick in Norwich’s 3-1 win over Newcastle United.

The Norwich forward was once again in superb form on Saturday vs Chelsea.

He would set up Norwich’s opening goal, before scoring one himself in the 30th minute.

While Pukki’s presence on the pitch isn’t always noticeable, when the time comes, the striker just seems to have a dead-eye for goal.

Norwich’s defence hasn’t been great this season, letting in eight goals in their opening three outings.

But if Pukki continues to score as often as he has done in the opening ties, then the Canaries should have a good chance of staving off relegation this season.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – AUGUST 24: Teemu Pukki of Norwich City scores his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Norwich City and Chelsea FC at Carrow Road on August 24, 2019 in Norwich, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Lampard’s faith in youth rewarded

As mentioned above, Chelsea were under a transfer ban this summer.

This meant that Lampard couldn’t sign any of his own players. Instead, the former England international had to look to Chelsea’s vast youth reserves to help strengthen his side.

Tammy Abraham is one of the players whom Lampard put his faith in, and he was rewarded with the forward’s first two goals today.

The second Chelsea youth product Lampard has handed first-team chances to this season is Mason Mount.

Lampard had a good look at Mount last season when he was in charge of Derby.

Lampard clearly liked what he saw, as Mount has now started all three of the Blues’ league outings this term.

Mount opened his account vs Leicester last weekend, and he was once again in superb form vs Norwich.

The 20-year-old looks to be the goalscoring midfielder that Chelsea have lacked recently, as he added a second goal to his tally vs Norwich.

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