Tammy Abraham scored a brilliant hat-trick – and an own goal – as Chelsea destroyed Wolves at Molineux.
The England forward 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, who spent last season on loan in the Championship with Aston Villa, 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 Chelsea striker became the youngest ever Chelsea player to score a Premier League hat-trick following a superb finish after beating Coady – a seventh league goal of the season that took him to the top of the scoring charts.
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.
Mason Mount, 20, added Chelsea’s fifth goal with virtually the last kick of the game.
Abraham steals the show
Chelsea have 11 Premier League goals this season – and Abraham has scored seven of them during an outstanding start to the season.
Having scored two goals in each of his previous two league games, against Sheffield United and Norwich City, the forward showed off his repertoire of his skills in front of goal at Molineux.
Hungry to impress, his first was a clever, instinctive finish, while his second was a scorching header from a cross by Marcos Alonso, who was making his first league start of the campaign.
Abraham’s third, from a Jorginho assist, was perhaps the best, as he calmly beat Coady before producing an angled finish.
His own goal was unfortunate – Saiss’ header was heading for the net when it struck the forward’s hand – while Abraham was also booked for a foul on Diogo Jota.
Later, when he was replaced by Michy Batshuayi after landing awkwardly, Abraham was booed by Wolves fans. He responded by showing the crowd three fingers – one for each of his goals at the right end.
Youthful Chelsea growing up fast
This is the start of a huge week for Chelsea, who launch their Champions League campaign at home to Valencia on Tuesday, before entertaining Liverpool next weekend.
Yet they head into it with a spring in their step after an emphatic victory which left boss Frank Lampard delighted.
Under his predecessor Maurizio Sarri, the Blues suffered defeat at Molineux last season, while Wolves took a point from the reverse fixture at Stamford Bridge.
This side might be young and a little naive – yet it is also bursting with youthful promise and energy.
Tomori’s goal was breathtaking, while Mount produced a finish a Premier League veteran – let alone someone making only their fifth top-flight appearance – would have been proud of.
The only negative for Lampard was his side’s defending. They are still searching for a first clean sheet of the season while they have conceded more goals than any other team in the Premier League.
In addition, Germany defender Antonio Rudiger went off injured.
Having already tied Mount and 23-year-old Ruben Loftus-Cheek to new deals, there are reports that Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, has agreed a new five-year contract worth over £100,000 a week.
Hudson-Odoi, who handed in a transfer request in January, has been injured but is close to returning – another reason for Chelsea to be optimistic about the season ahead.
What’s happened to Wolves?
Wolves won a legion of new admirers on their way to finishing seventh last season.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side took an impressive 16 points from the Premier League’s top six yet, five games into this campaign, they remain without a win and are 19th in the table.
It is far too early in the season to talk about a crisis, but alarm bells must surely be ringing after conceding eight times in two games.
A good performance and result was required after being beaten 3-2 defeat at Everton before the international break.
Instead, they will launch their Europa League group campaign on Thursday on the back of a dispiriting defeat.
Wolves’ Premier League campaign is 450 minutes old – yet they are the only team who have not been in front for a single minute in a game this season in the top flight.
Wolves have made 10 changes to their starting line-up across their opening five Premier League games. Last season, it took them 16 matches to make as many changes in the competition. Indeed, only Chelsea (11) have made more in the Premier League this season than Wolves.
The next two weeks are vital.
After visiting Crystal Palace, who also suffered a hammering on Saturday against Spurs, Wolves entertain Watford – the only team below them in the table.
Man of the match – Tammy Abraham (Chelsea)
Young guns make history – the stats
- Excluding own goals, Chelsea have become the first team in Premier League history to have 11 consecutive league goals scored by players aged 21 or younger.
- Wolves conceded five goals in a home Premier League game for the first time since a 5-0 defeat by Manchester United in March 2012.
- Abraham became the third Premier League player aged 21 or younger to score two or more goals in three consecutive appearances, after Cristiano Ronaldo for Manchester United in December 2006 and Tottenham’s Dele Alli in January 2017.
- This was Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo’s 300th match as a manager.
- In Abraham, Mount and Tomori, Chelsea now have three English goalscorers aged 21 or younger in a single Premier League season for the first time since the 1992-93 campaign (Eddie Newton, Neil Shipperley and Graham Stuart).
Both teams are in European action in midweek. Chelsea host Valencia of La Liga in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Wolves welcome Portuguese side Braga to Molineux in the Europa League on Thursday (both 20:00 BST).