Frank Lampard has urged Tammy Abraham to ‘focus’ on his football and rediscovering his form amid prolonged contract talks.
However, he is now without a goal since January, with Olivier Giroud seemingly having overtaken him in the pecking order for the time being, while the impending arrival of Timo Werner could further hamper his desire to be the club’s first-choice striker.
Abraham is one of the only Chelsea academy graduates not to have signed a new deal since Frank Lampard’s arrival – though he does still have two years remaining on his current contract – and the Blues boss reckons he should simply focus on his performances on the field.
“I think on Tammy’s contract, we’re not at a critical level with it and I’ll leave that between him and the club to discuss that side of it,” Lampard said at his pre-match press conference. “I don’t think it’s something in his mind now. It certainly shouldn’t be.
“What needs to be in his mind now is these games we have coming up and how much he can give us on the pitch, whether he’s coming on as a substitute or starting.
“He has had a really good season. He hasn’t scored so much in the second half of the season and as a young player it’s always clear that when you have those periods there’s only one way out of it and that’s work and repetition in training and trying to make the most out of every moment you get. I think that’s where Tammy’s at. The contract will hopefully look after itself. It’s between him and the club.
“He just needs to focus on giving us that Tammy that we had earlier in the season, which was giving defenders so much of a problem in games and scoring regularly. It all came from how he was training and working through the week.”
Chelsea make the short trip across London this evening to face Crystal Palace, as they continue their pursuit of Champions League football.