Steve Nicol believes the imminent arrival of Timo Werner could see Tammy Abraham’s days at Chelsea numbered.
Abraham has been the light among a number of club graduates thrown into the team by Frank Lampard as a results of the ban on transfers. The player worked his way into the first team working tirelessly, having enjoyed a number of loan spells in the Championship.
The 22-year-old’s 15 goals in 34 appearances has been the reward of the faith the manager had in him and he looks to improve everyday, with Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud serving as his back up.
Having seen Giroud extend his contract at the club, there was no sign Chelsea would be in the market for a striker.
However, that has not been the case as the Blues have allegedly agreed to sign the 24-year-old from RB Leipzig, raising concerns over what the signing would be for the England international.
But Nicol, who played for Liverpool believes the Germany international’s move could cut short the advances of Abraham at Stamford Bridge.
“I don’t believe Frank and Chelsea are going to change the way they play,’ the ex-Liverpool defender said on ESPN. “And you have to say that signing Werner would spell the end for Tammy Abraham. I mean goodness knows what is going through his head.
“Allegedly Frank has been telling Werner that he is going to build the team around him so you don’t build your team around a wide midfielder.
“You build through the spine so that means straight away that Tammy Abraham is in trouble.”
With 31 goals across all competitions this season,Werner has double the tally of Abraham and would likely arrive at the Stamford Bridge as a well proven no.9.