The Chelsea striker was picked by Frank Lampard from the start of the season and he's proved his manager was right to put faith in him by scoring 10 league goals so far this season. At the moment he's proved himself to be that this season. "It would be a tougher call if I was speaking to him when he was having a hard time and I was bringing a kid in but Azpi is playing really well for us".
"He's a leader and a driver, but Reece and the way he is playing, I thought with the opportunity to give him minutes in a game today was one I had to take".
And the England worldwide will be particularly annoyed at missing what was essentially an open goal, with the manager adding, "I don't know how he missed it and you're surprised when it doesn't go in".
When asked by talkSPORT if he spoke to Abraham at the break, Lampard said: "Yeah, I did".
"Azpi is such a great personality and character that he is easy to speak to".
"You can see how comfortable he is with the ball at his feet and his delivery and passing so I was pleased". He feels for the club and wants the best, that shows how much I value him now and going forward.
'Really great work by Frank but they have lost twice against Manchester United, they lost against Liverpool at home, they conceded four goals against Ajax and I am very curious to see Chelsea in the next match at the Etihad because I think I am curious to see if they found that great empathy between the good football they play and the pragmatism they must have to play against the top teams.
"He has got fit that little bit later but he has been training at a level and coming on at a level where he deserves his minutes today".
In May 2017, Chelsea wrapped up the league with victory against West Brom, before showing no signs of letting up despite having the title in the bag, as they beat Watford and then hammered Sunderland to register their sixth win on the trot.
However, the Eagles have won only two of their last 17 visits to Stamford Bridge to underline why Chelsea FC are clear favourites to claim three points this weekend.