- With Chelsea set to add German striker Timo Werner this summer, the Blues will have an abundance of strikers lined up for the 2020-21 season, but which one will be the best option for Frank Lampard’s team?
- Oliver Giroud hasn’t always been favored by Lampard, although he provides a proven, veteran option.
- Tammy Abraham has shown flashes of brilliance and boasts loads of potential, yet he has been lacking consistency.
- Timo Werner will have high expectations after moving from RB Leipzig to Chelsea and will have a lot to prove to the Chelsea fans right off the bat.
Giroud surprised a lot of people in May when he signed an extension to stay with Chelsea beyond this season. Back in January, he was even pushing to leave the West London club because his playing time was limited. For that reason, Giroud didn’t score his first Premier League goal of the campaign until February. However, Giroud was starting to play regularly right before the lockdown and make a positive impact. He also scored in Chelsea’s first game back following the restart. He’s slowly proving to Frank Lampard that he deserves regular playing time and can be a factor next season. But will Lampard continue to give Giroud consistent opportunities to play next season as he continues to revamp the team in his own image?
Barring something unforeseen, Abraham will finish the 2019-20 season as Chelsea’s leading Premier League scorer. After scoring 25 goals for Aston Villa in the Championship last season, Abraham was on fire at the start of the Premier League season, scoring seven goals in his first five games and tallying 11 goals in his first 14 games. But Abraham has cooled down considerably and was dealing with an injury right before the lockdown. There is no doubt that Abraham has the ability to score goals at the Premier League level. But if Lampard has other options, will he stick with Abraham if he hits another slump? As a 22-year-old, Abraham needs to play consistently and needs to keep his confidence, both of which could be issues if Lampard doesn’t favor him at the start of the 2020-21 season.
Needless to say, Chelsea didn’t spend £47.5 million to acquire Werner from RB Leipzig so he could sit on the bench. The Blues brought in Werner to be their top goalscorer and help them get back to the top of the Premier League. There is no question about the 24-year-old’s quality as a player, as he’s tallied 26 goals in the Bundesliga this season. But the EPL is a much different game from the one Werner is accustomed to playing in Germany. The game can get ugly and physical in England, which could require an adjustment period for the German striker who has never played outside his home country. Surely, Werner is the Goldilocks of Chelsea strikers. He’s more proven than Abraham but not nearly as old as Giroud. But if it takes him time to adjust to playing in England, can he hold his spot with Giroud and Abraham pushing him?
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