CHELSEA are banking on Tammy Abraham scoring at least 20 Premier League goals next season.
But the striker has NEVER scored against a team in the top ten.
Olivier Giroud has been handed a one-year contract extension.
But despite finishing as the Europa League’s top scorer, he has only netted a total of 18 goals in 63 appearances.
And with Giroud turning 33 in September, Chelsea do not see the benefit of giving him automatic first-team football when they have a youngster with Abraham’s potential in their ranks.
The England international enjoyed a fantastic loan spell at Aston Villa last season, scoring 26 goals in just 40 matches.
Abraham’s Championship form didn’t surprise many after he bagged 26 goals in 48 games for Bristol City two years before that.
However, the forward’s stats playing in the top flight make for less pleasant reading.
Abraham spent one season on loan at Swansea in 2017/18 campaign.
And he managed just eight goals in 39 matches as the Welsh outfit were condemned to relegation.
Five of those strikes came in the Premier League, but none of them were against a top ten side.
Two came against Watford and Crystal Palace, who both finished in the bottom half last term.
While his other three were scored against West Brom and Huddersfield, with both sides now plying their trade in the Championship.
It remains to be seen if Abraham can step up to the plate at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea fans eager to get behind a striker following Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuain’s awful spells.
But Abraham already has an advantage by being a club product, a sure way to get the supporters on side.
And his tender age means he can only get better, with Lampard sure to nurture him and help him become the striker Chelsea have been crying out for since the glory days of Didier Drogba.
Abraham recently confirmed his excitement at working under Chelsea’s record scorer Lampard, exclaiming: “He is a great manager and it would be great if it was him who took over.
“I believe in myself and there is no better guy to play under: Someone you have grown up watching, been at Chelsea for ever. He knows about me as well.
“I’m pretty sure he knows all about me. And his No.2 Jody Morris knows about me after coaching me in the academy, so it’s all positive.
“These two windows are a great opportunity for the young players at Chelsea to show what they can do. That’s how all the young players at the club are looking at it.
“Whoever goes into Chelsea as manager I am going to show him what I am truly made of.
“Chelsea have always had a great academy but they have lacked playing them and taking them to the next level.
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“Fingers crossed, if it all goes well it changes the mind-set at the club.
“Of course the transfer ban is probably not what the club wanted but for us it is exciting.
“This year is the most important year for us youngsters at Chelsea – it is now or never.”