Wolves 2-5 Chelsea
Tammy Abraham says he hopes this can be “his season” after scoring a brilliant hat-trick – and an own goal – as Frank Lampard’s young side destroyed Wolves at Molineux.
The England striker, 21, scored his treble in the space of 21 minutes to make it seven goals in his past three appearances – and is joint leading scorer in the Premier League with Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero.
Abraham joined Cristiano Ronaldo and Dele Alli in becoming only the third Premier League player aged 21 or younger to score two or more goals in three consecutive appearances.
“I hope this is my season,” said Abraham, who spent last season on loan in the Championship with Aston Villa.
“I have to keep working hard in every training session, every game. Every game I want to prove myself to the gaffer.”
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard said Abraham has an enthusiasm to succeed and score goals.
“I’m so delighted for him. I know how hard the academy works and Tammy has a fantastic approach to the game and how he wants to progress,” added Lampard.
“All three goals of his goals were so different, it just shows what he can do.”
Abraham scored twice in the space of seven first-half minutes after Fikayo Tomori – another 21-year-old – had opened the scoring with a stunning 25-yard finish.
Abraham doubled the lead with a shot on the turn after referee Graham Scott had played an advantage following Conor Coady’s foul on Mason Mount.
Wolves, who remain without a top-flight win this season, fell further behind when Abraham headed home, before the striker became the youngest ever Chelsea player to score a Premier League hat-trick following a superb finish after beating Coady.
In an eventful game, Abraham then scored an own goal as Romain Saiss’ header struck his right hand before crossing the line, before Patrick Cutrone added a second Wolves goal from close range.
Mount, 20, added Chelsea’s fifth goal with virtually the last kick of the game.