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Frank Lampard to hand 21-year-old forward with leading role next season

Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard could offer Tammy Abraham with a starting role ahead of Olivier Giroud next season, football consultant Ian McGarry has suggested.

Abraham has spent the past two seasons on loan with Swansea City and Aston Villa respectively, and he was impressive with the latter in the Championship, where he contributed 26 goals from 40 appearances.

As such, he has been fancied to make the mark with the Blues first-team next term, and McGarry has revealed that the 21-year-old could be preferred ahead of Giroud to lead the line.

“Tammy Abraham I understand will be made the lead striker ahead of the experienced Olivier Giroud,” he told The Transfer Window podcast, as reported by The Star.

Abraham could not make a huge impression with Swansea during the 2017/18 Premier League campaign and he managed just five goals for the South Welsh outfit as they were demoted to the Championship.

He was able to redeem himself with the Villains last season after taking the step down to the second tier, but there are still doubts whether he can succeed in the English top-flight.

Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are presently the senior centre-forward options available to Lampard next season with Alvaro Morata heading through the exit door on a permanent basis.

Among the two, Giroud has been the mainstay with the first-team over the past 18 months, and he seems the likely candidate to start upfront after settling for a regular substitute role during his time with the club.

Still, Abraham’s prospects of starting can’t be entirely ruled out, considering he was a menace for the opposition last term with nearly three shots per game while winning the same number of aerial duels.

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