'I wish I was coming through with transfer ban': Former Academy kid urges Tammy to seize 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity'
- Carlton Cole had to fight for a chance with Drogba, Crespo & Gudjohnsen.
- The 35-year-old claims Abraham, on the opposite, has an excellent chance to make it.
- It's up to the striker whether he makes it or not.
Like Tammy Abraham, Carlton Cole once was a talented Academy graduate who could've made it to the first team. However, the striker had to compete with the likes of Didier Drogba, Hernan Crespo and Eidur Gudjohnsen for a spot which never turned out in his favour.
As the 21-year-old's situation is completely different, Cole has told Goal:
"I wish I was coming through at Chelsea with a transfer ban. This is an excellent chance for Tammy Abraham.
"When I was out there, I was fighting for my life. Hopefully, these boys from the youth team can grasp this chance to make a good account of themselves.
"They have to have the desire to realise what a big chance this is. I would have loved this chance when I was back there. Can you imagine if I had an opportunity like this? I never had that. You need a run of games to show what you can do.
"You will see that these boys will definitely get their chances, the next question is, will they take it? For Tammy, he knows this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I hope he will take his chance. He is a good player. He still has a lot to learn but where’s the best place to learn it?
"Under someone who believes in you and who thinks you can do well for him. The thing is that Lampard also has no choice but to believe in him. He is in a win-win situation, Abraham, but he must believe in himself.
"He has to do something for Chelsea by the end of the year. This is a big stage. He was brilliant at Aston Villa but this is a promotion. This is the time."