Olivier Giroud has revealed exactly what the Chelsea strikers think of Frank Lampard’s decision to sign Timo Werner in a £47million deal with RB Leipzig.
Lampard will have a selection headache next season when Hakim Ziyech and Werner arrive at Stamford Bridge.
A large number of attacking options will be available to the Chelsea boss meaning Tammy Abraham will no longer be guaranteed a starting spot.
Back-up forward Giroud, who has penned a one-year contract extension, will only fall further down the pecking order.
But the Frenchman believes the squad are buzzing with the extra quality which has been added to their rank and insists it will only be a boost for the entire team.
Giroud said: “He is going to be a very good signing and more motivation for strikers.”
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Aston Villa manager Dean Smith, who took Abraham on loan last season, thinks the England international will relish the extra competition.
“Tammy will see it as a challenge, he has got the number-nine shirt and he’ll want to keep it,” he said.
“I don’t see any reason why he can’t play with Werner but who knows what Frank’s (Lampard) thoughts are on his team.
“Knowing Tammy, he is a top guy with a superb attitude and a top player. He is the real deal, everything about him.
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“He sets standards and maintains them and then tries to push them even more.”
Abraham is expected to lead the line for Chelsea when they travel to Villa tomorrow for their first match back following the coronavirus break.
Smith must come up with a plan to stifle his former star and he hopes the shut-out against Sheffield United in midweek will be built on.
“Tammy has done what I expected him to do,” Smith added. “He’s a top player and a top person. I think he is the real deal, everything about him.
“We loved having him here and playing a part in his development and you know he’ll always have a strong affinity for Aston Villa.
“We’re really pleased to see how he’s done but we’re hopeful that our defenders get the upper hand against him tomorrow.”
Abraham, 22, has scored 15 goals across all competition for Chelsea this season.
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