Chelsea are in the transfer market for a new striker, as the club search for a back-up to summer signing Alvaro Morata whose goals have dried up of recent.
The Spain international has been in poor form recently and is yet to find the back of the net this year.
Chelsea have been linked with Andy Carroll and Peter Crouch this January transfer window, which has prompted Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand to urge the club to turn to club youngster Tammy Abraham who’s on loan with Swansea, as the Blues hunt for a new striker.
“The two that have been mentioned, Andy Carroll I believe he just got injured and Peter Crouch has been a great player over the years but is coming to the end of his career,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.
“Chelsea have had Tammy Abraham in their ranks, who is a tall, rangy player. You’d put him on the side of being a target-man. So maybe he fits that bill – why isn’t he being brought back from loan to fill that part?”
Ferdinand believes some of Chelsea’s loan players are good enough to do the job.
Ferdinand added: “That’s the frustrating thing I think for Chelsea fans that they see talent coming out of the youth system, being loaned out and then going out and buying other players.
“You see [Michy] Batshuayi up front there – is he better than [Dominic] Solanke [who left for Liverpool in the summer], Abrahams who they have? If these guys were given a chance to play in a Chelsea shirt could they do more than what a Batshuayi is doing who they went out and paid £30million for?”