Tammy Abraham said that he would have relished the opportunity to play on the same team as Edinson Cavani and rather than feel under additional pressure with competition in Chelsea’s frontline the club’s leading goalscorer would have used the Uruguayan’s presence to improve his game.
Chelsea had been desperate to bring in another striking option during the January transfer window but a number of targets could not be landed, including the Paris Saint-Germain striker who now looks more likely to join Atletico Madrid as a free agent in the summer.
Asked how he had been coping with the speculation, Abraham said: “The players we were talking about bringing in were like Cavani and other top class strikers who have been around the game for many years.
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“It would have been nice if he had come. He would have been someone I can learn off and steal his ideas to add to my own.
“It didn’t happen though and for me it gives me that extra push and desire to claim my position and be as best as I can.”
The 22-year-old, who has gone to Dubai for a short break with Chelsea not in action again for a fortnight, started Saturday’s 2-2 draw away to Leicester City with an ankle injury that meant he required painkillers to get through 83 minutes before being taken off for Ross Barkley.
“It is quite a lot [of pain] but it’s good to be back involved and back on my feet and now we have a week off to try and get better,” he added.
“My ankle is still painful but sometimes as players you have to play through pain. For me it just about getting out there and helping the team.
“The medicine started to wear off in the second half but I will take this break to recover.