Tammy Abraham must learn from last season and add consistency to his game, says Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
Abraham has scored three goals in his last three games, helping the Blues rise to third place in the table having lost just once in the league this season.
Abraham, 23, scored 18 goals last term and Lampard said the arrival of Timo Werner and the continued presence of Olivier Giroud has helped the England striker thrive.
“I’m really pleased with him,” Lampard said prior to Tuesday Champions League against Rennes. “He’s playing really well at the minute. His all-round game, off the ball work for the team and his link-up play, is good.
“We brought in a few players in attacking areas and have players in those areas already, and the point is to also lift others around them.
“We do have more options in forward areas and I need good reactions.
“Tammy has shown a brilliant reaction. He needs to be on the edge. All the young players need to be on the edge to push themselves and to be playing in this team. When he is playing as he is at the moment he makes my decision easier.
“Tammy must take credit for his start but he must understand now that his next challenge is to remain consistent and if he looks at last season he will see that as well.”
England international Abraham has 23 goals in 40 starts for Chelsea, from a total of 63 appearances.
“I think it got slightly forgotten how good he was for us in the first half of last season,” Lampard added.
“He was a massive plus; he scored a lot goals and was a big reason why we were getting results and we finished fourth. A lot of individuals should take credit and Tammy should for the first half of the season.
“The second half of the season was more difficult for him. That’s normal for a developing player because he is still relatively young. But now I am clearly seeing a mirror of how he trains and how he is. He is training brilliantly; he is enthusiastic which is when Tammy is at his best.
“That is absolutely coming out in his game so I hope that continues.”