Joe Cole has made a transfer claim about Chelsea and Tammy Abraham after the January window opened this morning.
Chelsea have been linked with some top names and now have a chance to act on the speculation this month after enduring a transfer ban last summer.
The Blues were unable to recruit any top striking options for Frank Lampard’s first season in charge and that has allowed Abraham to blossom after returning from a dominant loan spell at Aston Villa.
Abraham has backed up the good work he put in at Villa which included 26 Championship goals as he helped the club to promotion to the Premier League.
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The 22-year-old has since taken his game to another level and bagged 12 goals in 19 Premier League games ahead of facing Brighton, while he has added another two goals in six Champions League matches.
It has left Chelsea without a major need to recruit up front this month thanks to Abraham’s ascent, something which has also made Olivier Giroud a periphery figure.
Now former Chelsea star Cole insists that Abraham’s form means the Blues don’t need to look for a replacement, though he acknowledges that his old team will be keeping tabs on players around Europe, with RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner reportedly one of them.
Asked about whether they need to look for a replacement in January, Cole told BT Sport: “You certainly don’t need to replace him. He is a young lad and we’ll all know what he’s about on and off the pitch. What Chelsea and the other top clubs do is look at what’s around.
“I believe he can lead the line for years to come. One of the key things is what his old managers say about him and that is the mindset and his tenacity. When you’ve got those attributes you’re in a good place.”