Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has reportedly decided to field Tammy Abraham as the leading striker ahead of Olivier Giroud next season, football expert Ian McGarry has revealed.
The 21-year-old recently enjoyed a successful campaign in the Championship with Aston Villa, where he contributed 26 goals en route to their play-off final success.
Owing to this, he has been fancied to make a mark under Lampard next term and McGarry suggests that the striker may end up as the first-choice marksman ahead of Giroud.
“Tammy Abraham I understand will be made the lead striker ahead of the experienced Olivier Giroud,” he told The Transfer Window podcast, via The Star.
Giroud has been a permanent fixture of the team in the past 18 months but he has not been afforded with a regular starting role in the Premier League when compared to other competitions.
As such, the experienced striker seems the likely choice to begin the season with the role upfront, though Abraham could capitalise on any struggles for the 2018 World Cup winner.
Abraham had a disappointing 2017/18 season with Swansea City on loan where he managed just five Premier League goals, but he is sure to have developed further after another full campaign away from Stamford Bridge.
Elsewhere, Michy Batshuayi is the other candidate in the running for the centre-forward position and a consistent run of performances in pre-season could enhance his starting prospects.