If Chelsea fail to sign a striker before Friday’s deadline, Tammy Abraham could be left with the burden of leading the line for the rest of the season.
The Telegraph has reported that the 22-year-old striker could be made to play through the pain barrier this weekend against Leicester. He is still recovering from the ankle problem that he suffered against Arsenal and Lampard is not keen on Michy Batshuayi leading the line.
It is seeming unlikely that the Blues will be able to sign another striker before the window closes on Friday and this could cause Abraham problems through the rest of the season. Playing through an injury can have detrimental impacts on any player, let alone a young talent that is still developing.
The young striker has been in prolific goalscoring form for the Blues this season and has become a crucial part of Lampard’s side. He has led a youthful revolution at the club this season, scoring 15 goals and providing six assists in just 31 games.
After a successful loan spell at Championship side Aston Villa last season, Abraham was trusted as the club’s starting striker this season. Many doubted his ability to play at the top level after a difficult loan spell at Swansea in the 2017-18 season, but he has proven the doubters wrong this year.
The England international has already got 13 league goals and is beginning to be regarded as one of the country’s finest young talents. If Chelsea fail to sign a striker this month, Leicester may not be the only game he is forced to play through the pain barrier in. This could have serious impacts on his physical development and long term fitness. Lampard must carefully manage how he uses Abraham through his injury problems.