Former Blues star Joe Cole hopes the club can still show faith in an exceedingly promising academy graduate who remains in talks over a brand new contract.
Chelsea is warned against transfer in a very big-money striker by Joe Cole, with the Blues urged to keep faith with Tammy Abraham and make sure that his development isn’t stunted.
Frank Lampard took the choice to trust youth upon heritable the managerial reins at Stamford Bridge last summer as he looked to modify a two-window transfer ban.
That has since been lifted, freeing Lampard to spend in January if the correct targets will be known.
It has been urged that Chelsea could look to feature another frontman to their ranks, with Olivier Giroud being heavily connected with a move elsewhere.
Cole hopes that’s not a sign that Abraham can slip backpedal the order, with the 22-year-old having registered fourteen goals in twenty-seven games this season.
The former Blues star told BT Sport: “Well, you definitely don’t ought to replace him.
“I assume he has created himself irreplaceable as a member of the cluster at Chelsea as a result of he’s a young lad who epitomizes what the club is regarding.
“He knows the club and that’s without the things that he’s doing on the pitch. On the pitch he’s been fantastic, he’s scored goals, he’s led the line, he’s been a revelation.
“But what Chelsea and any of the highest clubs can do, is that they can invariably look what’s around: ‘Can we improve?’
“So I believe unless they’re about to bring in somebody who goes to compete with him, not to go above him or below him as a young adult – somebody to compete with him.
“I believe he will [be Chelsea’s long-term striker].
The mentality, the outlook and once you’ve got a young player with the 2 attributes – forget the speed, the strength, technical ability – if you’ve got those 2 attributes, you’ll work therewith and he’s simply got higher and higher.
“We’ve seen it with our own eyes however he’s got higher over the last 3, four years. He’s been a revelation.”
Abraham is tied to a contract at Stamford Bridge through to the summer of 2022.
Chelsea is keen to reward his progress within the current campaign with recent terms, having already tied a variety of different academy graduates to new deals.
Talks have stalled, however, with sources confirming to Goal that financial demands are chargeable for the delay in obtaining an agreement over the road.