Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham said he is ready to fight for a spot in the team ahead of likely competition with Olivier Giroud and new signing Timo Werner.
The 22-year-old finished this season as Chelsea’s top scorer, both in the Premier League (15 goals) and all competitions (19) which is impressive considering this is his first season as a regular at Stamford Bridge after few years of journey on loan.
Abraham, however, began lost his role as a first-choice No.9 to the more experienced Giroud the second half of the season, particularly after his injury in February.
The France international’s good form in Abraham’s absence continued after the Premier League restart as proven by his six goals in the past nine appearances.
Now that Timo Werner who recorded 34 goals and 10 assists for RB Leipzig has joined the Blues, Abraham will have another player to compete with for the starting role besides Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.
But Abraham seems ready for the competition and intends to continue to fight for his spot.
He told the Express: “This is Chelsea Football Club, there’s always going to be high standards and high competition and this is something I’ve been dreaming of since I was a kid.
“I’ve always been fighting for it, it’s never come easy, it wasn’t easy at the start of the season but I worked my way into the team and that’s what I’ve got to keep doing.”
Abraham could also have another player to compete with should Chelsea successfully bring Kai Havertz after Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller previously spoke about the west London outfit’s interest.
Although Havertz predominantly plays as a No.10 and a right-winger, he has also occupied the N0.9 role seven times in the Bundesliga this season (Whoscored).
Such competition could only please manager Frank Lampard since he would have plenty of options next season.