With the announcement of the TAG Heuer Young Player of the Season award, Adrian Clarke looks at eligible players, aged 23 or under, who have enjoyed a bright start to the season.
The 22-year-old striker has made a sensational start to the campaign, scoring eight times at a rate of a goal every 72 minutes.
Team-mates Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Callum Hudson-Odoi have also made fabulous contributions since Frank Lampard took over as head coach and could be candidates for the new award, too. But Abraham's form has stood out in particular.
Offering vibrancy and power at the spearhead of the Chelsea attack, Abraham has proved he belongs at the highest level.
|Total shots (exc. blocks)||23|
|Shots on target||15|
But Abraham's dynamic style has inspired a positive change. Four of his Premier League goals in 2019/20 have come from bursts of pace.
In previous outings, Abraham sprinted in behind Sheffield United's back three to find the net, beat Conor Coady in a 1v1 at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and scored in similar style on the break at Norwich City.
His willingness to make a run that offers midfielders a forward pass has helped to transform Chelsea's approach, and he and the team are benefiting.
Chelsea are the third-highest scorers in the league, with 18 goals.
Last season they ranked sixth for goals scored.
|Higuain (18/19)||Giroud (18/19)||Abraham (19/20)|
|Shots on target||15||10||15|
Abraham's positioning is impressive.
While a lot of forwards make countless runs into the wide channels, he intelligently conserves his energy.
He generally stays within the width of the penalty box, linking play before bursting into life in the final third.
This avoidance of the flanks means he is almost always in the box when his team-mates are creating opportunities.
That approach has helped him score with four poacher's goals in his opening matches.
He has reacted quickly in the middle of the box and finished clinically when half-chances have come against Sheffield United, Wolves and Norwich.
After a string of high-calibre performances, his call-up to the England squad has been fully deserved.