CESAR AZPILICUETA tipped hotshot Tammy Abraham to lift the Premier League Golden Boot.
Chelsea ace Abraham returned from a hip injury on Wednesday to claim his 11th Prem goal of the season in the 2-1 win over Aston Villa.
It left the England new-boy behind only 14-goal Jamie Vardy in the top-flight scoring charts.
Blues skipper Azpi said: “What he has done is amazing — and he has the potential to go higher.
“We know we are still in December with a lot of games but with his passion and hunger, he is capable of getting to the top, for sure.
“Vardy is having an amazing season with a lot of goals and Tammy is behind him — so if he is there, it is because he deserves to be.”
Former Villa loanee Abraham, 22, provided a clever chested assist for Mason Mount’s winner on Wednesday — and it his all-round game that also has Azpilicueta purring.
The Spaniard, 30, added: “He is scoring goals but, not just that, he is playing for the team, recovering the ball.
“Against Villa, he made a tackle in our own half that was an amazing effort. He made an assist as well.
“He showed his desire in pre-season to be a striker for Chelsea, he has dreamt about it.
“He got his chance and is making the most of it.”
RUBEN LOFTUS-CHEEK'S injury woes are set to continue well into the New Year in a bitter blow to Chelsea fans.
The midfielder, 23, ruptured his Achilles' tendon in a post-season friendly clash against New England Revolution in May.
And Stamford Bridge chief Frank Lampard has confirmed that Loftus-Cheek has suffered setbacks in his recovery with no timetable set for a return.
He said: “He has had a few setbacks over the last two months. He hasn’t had a new one.
“It is not flying along as we would want. It’s not for the want of trying for everybody.
“For Ruben there is nothing worse, of course, being injured. At the moment we are no closer to him being fit.”
FRANK LAMPARD urged his young guns to keep firing after a solid start to the season despite the transfer ban, which is due to be ruled on this week.
He added: “I am happy but I want more. We have had a pretty good start because most people probably expected us otherwise.
“But I want more all the time and I think that the last week has been a good example of that for us.
“For me and for us, I saw us go to Manchester City and trade with them like a big team who was in and around that level.
“Then I saw us play against West Ham and not have that, and you are going to lose games in the Premier League. Then I saw a recovery today to get back to where we are.”
CHELSEA fans were in bits as John Terry shared pictures of his emotional Chelsea return on Instagram.
The Aston Villa assistant manager made his first appearance at Stamford Bridge last night since leaving the Blues in 2017.
Terry, 38, spent an incredible 22 years at the club, making 717 appearances while winning five Premier League titles, five FA Cups, one Champions League and one Europa League.
Terry left Chelsea after their title win under Antonio Conte for a free transfer to Aston Villa.
And after one season playing in the Championship, he retired to become their No2 under Dean Smith.
Terry’s Villa arrived in west London on Wednesday looking to build on Sunday’s draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.
But goals from Tammy Abraham, on loan at Villa last season, and Mason Mount saw Chelsea run out 2-1 victors.
The result didn’t dampen Terry’s spirits though, as he got to link up with some old pals after the final whistle.
JT first posed for a photo with close friend Lampard, who is now Chelsea boss.
And he also got the chance to be snapped alongside Petr Cech – Chelsea’s technical advisor.
Before kick-off, Terry received a warm reception from home supporters who hailed their former captain with banners marking his achievements, as well as the iconic slogan: “Captain, leader, legend.”
And fans flocked to Instagram when JT uploaded his tear-jerking snaps with the caption: “Incredible to be back at the Bridge last night and see some familiar faces.
“Very humbled and thankful for the reception I received. Love you all.”
One supporter wrote: “You deserve it all mate.”
Another said: “If Villa go down, job on Chelsea staff!”
One noted: “Welcome back home my captain JT.”