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Impressed: Cesar Azpilicueta has hailed Tammy Abraham
Impressed: Cesar Azpilicueta has hailed Tammy Abraham

By Nick Purewal

Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta insists Blues talisman Tammy Abraham has far more to offer than just goals.

Abraham headed his 11th Premier League goal of the season and laid on a fine winner for Mason Mount as Chelsea saw off Aston Villa 2-1 at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday night.

England hitman Abraham sits second behind Jamie Vardy in the race for the golden boot, but Spain full-back Azpilicueta insisted the 22-year-old is not even thinking about personal accolades.

"Not only is he scoring goals he is playing for the team, recovering the ball; he made a tackle in our own half that was an amazing effort for him," said Azpilicueta.

"He made an assist as well. I am not just looking into his goals as a number because he is doing more than that."

Asked if Abraham could win the golden boot award Azpilicueta said: "No, he doesn't talk about that. If he scores the most goals then the team will do better as well.

"It is something we are looking at as a team and I am confident that he can get many more goals because of the way he is working and improving since he started pre-season. It is amazing and he has the potential to go even higher."

Abraham fired 26 goals in last year's loan stint at Villa, and the away supporters chanted his name in continued gratitude.

Azpilicueta hailed the striker for his grit to shake off a troublesome hip complaint for a quickfire return that helped Chelsea get back to winning ways.

"His desire is amazing; when he was injured he wanted to come back as soon as possible," added Azpilicueta.

"I think for him it was special to play against Aston Villa where he got promoted to the Premier League and where he had an amazing spell there.

"So for him, it was a special game."

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