Tammy Abraham is determined to fight for his place in the Chelsea team as Frank Lampard’s transfer plans are set to push him further down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge. Timo Werner has arrived from RB Leipzig and Kai Havertz is set to make the switch from Bayer Leverkusen.
Striker Werner will directly challenge Abraham and Olivier Giroud for the centre-forward position.
Lampard may be tempted to play Abraham out wide next year because of the talent at his disposal.
However, versatile midfielder Havertz can also be utilised on the wing so Abraham will be in for a difficult battle.
But the England international is prepared to roll up his sleeves and use the extra competition as motivation.
“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,” he said.
“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 lost his place in the team over the last few weeks as Lampard opted for Giroud to lead the line.
The 22-year-old was trusted with a start in Saturday’s 4-1 Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich and he repaid the faith with a goal.
”We’re a new young side, with a new manager and so we have to be pleased with ourselves,” he said.
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“But this is the level, it’s where we have to get to and better.
“For me, Robert Lewandowski is the best striker and that’s the level I’ve got to get to and better and that’s what I am inspired to be.
“It’s been a great learning curve, great experience for me and upwards going into next season. I’ve got to build myself up to those high levels.”
Abraham has scored 18 goals across all competitions this campaign and he plans to kick on to produce even better numbers next year.
“It’s been a phenomenal season for myself and for the lads,” he said. “I couldn’t ask for a better season.
“I’ve had a few niggles here and there but I’ve come off stronger and build myself for next season. Start well and end well.
“That’s my aim and as I said, that’s the level I want to get to so I have to raise my bar and go again