Head coach Frank Lampard has challenged striker Tammy Abraham to continues to meet the ‘demands’ of Chelsea following the signing of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.
Signing the German star this week represented a major coup for the Blues but raised questions about what it means going forward for Tammy Abraham, who scored 15 goals for the Blues this season.
Ahead of trip to face Aston Villa, boss Frank Lampard has revealed he had spoken to Abraham following the club announced Timo Werner deal.
‘I have spoken to Tammy before about competition,’ Lampard said.
‘I don’t have to address every player if another one comes in. It’s how it has been in the Abramovich era.
‘He has been fantastic this season. He has to sustain and improve because at Chelsea we have demands. I am happy to have options and competitions for places.’
Meanwhile, Frank Lampard feels the arrival of Timo Werner can be a good thing, rather a negative, for Abraham as competition for places will bring the best from the players and the squad.
‘Timo’s talent, humility and work ethic is one thing that stood out when I talked to him,’ Lampard added.
‘I think he is clearly a player we liked. I have certainly followed him for a while just as a talented player before I took this job. He will strengthen us, he is a huge talent who had a fantastic season.’
Werner, 24, who has two more games left for Leipzig – one against Borussia Dortmund and one against FC Augsburg, scored 31 goals and contributed 13 assists in all competitions this season.
Chelsea, currently fourth ahead of their first game back following a three-month hiatus for the coronavirus pandemic, are preparing to take on struggling Aston Villa at Villa Park this weekend.
The Blues are in competition with Manchester United, Sheffield United, Wolves and Tottenham for fourth place and with it a place in next season’s Champions League.