Chelsea have won just one of their opening four matches, but supporters are willing to give Frank Lampard time to settle into the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.
Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United highlighted their defensive frailty but things are finally starting to click up the other end of the field.
Tammy Abraham scored his fourth goal of the season, his second successive brace since being reinstated into Frank Lampard’s line up.
There’s little coincidence in that, with the striker working closely with his manager on the training ground to learn and meet his expectations.
According to The Athletic, it has become routine for Abraham and team-mate Mason Mount to stay behind after training to work on their shooting.
Lampard is donating extra time to help the two young Chelsea stars follow in his footsteps.
The Blues’ all-time leading goalscorer has told Abraham to start shooting from range if he has the chance to, developing his game outside of the penalty box.
After seeing rewards on the pitch from the extra work going on behind the scenes at Cobham, Lampard has hailed Abraham and his willingness to improve.
“I’m delighted with Tammy, delighted with his attitude,” Lampard said.
“He has a really great attitude in training and desire to score. His all-round game as well.
We’ve been working really closely with Tammy on little bits of his game that can be even better.
“He is really receptive to that and I thought the performance was class, he was really unlucky not to have three.”
Mount has been called up the England squad by Gareth Southgate for their upcoming EURO 2020 qualifiers with Bulgaria and Kosovo.
The midfielder has struck two times this season against Leicester and Norwich, nailing down a starting spot.
Both players have been like new signings for Chelsea and are helping the club cope with their transfer ban by making the most of the resources at their disposal.