Why Chelsea must do whatever it takes to tie Tammy Abraham down to new deal
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been a revelation under Frank Lampard this season. He scored his 12th goal of the season to earn the club all three points against Arsenal on Sunday and has become an invaluable member of the squad.
The Daily Express has reported that the 22-year-old striker is locked in negotiations with the club regarding a new deal. He is reportedly demanding a contract worth similar to that of fellow academy graduate Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The Blues see this as a large pay-rise to give the English forward after just half a season. However, it might be worth forking out to keep him at the club.
Chelsea have struggled to find a consistent goalscorer for years. The only one they have had since Didier Drogba’s departure was Diego Costa, and that was relatively short-lived. Olivier Giroud, Alvaro Morata, and Gonzalo Higuain all failed to prove themselves as the club’s starting striker last season.
The three of them scored just 12 league goals between them in 2018/19, the same amount Abraham already has this season. That is proof in its own right that the Blues youngster deserves a bumper new deal. His current deal runs out in 2022, and the last thing Chelsea will want is to lose another top youngster to a rival club.
Lampard’s side do not look the same without Abraham in it, and he is arguably the most crucial member of the current team. He could be Chelsea’s number nine for the next ten years and has proven to everyone at the club that he is worth a lucrative new contract.