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With Chelsea confirming Alvaro Morata’s permanent move to Atletico Madrid on Saturday, Olivier Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi will be the contenders for the No.9 role at Chelsea next season.
Giroud has never really been the main striker at Chelsea since his move from Arsenal in January 2018. He played second fiddle to Alvaro Morata and then Gonzalo Higuain.
Michy Batshuayi was backup to Diego Costa and then Alvaro Morata before opting to leave the club on loan.
Tammy Abraham has spent the last three seasons on loan away from the club and he believes the 2019/20 season is his chance to make his mark in the first team.
1. Tammy Abraham
The 21 year old striker has spent the last three seasons away on loan. Two of those three loan spells have been a huge success.
Abraham scored 23 goals in 41 league appearances during his loan spell at Bristol City and 40 of those appearances were starts. At Swansea, he scored five goals in 31 appearances and 15 of those were starts. Last season, he impressed on loan at Aston Villa, scoring 26 goals in 40 league appearances, helping Aston Villa secure Premier League promotion.
Abraham has got pace, will make unselfish runs to stretch the opposition defence and is good at finishing chances inside the box.
2. Olivier Giroud
The France international scored 3 goals in 13 league appearances in his first season at Chelsea and 6 of those appearances were starts.
Last season under Maurizio Sarri, he made 27 appearances in the league scoring 2 goals but only 7 of those were starts. However, Giroud impressed in the Europa League and was the competition’s highest goalscorer. He scored 11 goals in 14 Europa League appearances and 12 of those appearances were starts.
Giroud has been criticised for not scoring enough goals but he showed during the Europa League last season that he can score goals. His has a brilliant lineup play and is the most experienced striker we have.
3. Michy Batshuayi
In his first season at Chelsea, Batshuayi made just 1 start in the league with 19 substitute appearances and he scored 5 goals.
He scored 2 goals from 12 appearances in his second season at the club with only 3 of those appearances as starts. He also scored 2 goals in 4 Champions League appearances with only one of those appearances as starts. He left Chelsea in the second half of that season on loan to Borussia Dortmund where he scored 7 goals in 10 league appearances. He also scored 2 goals in 4 Europa League appearances for Borussia Dortmund.
Batshuayi joined Valencia on loan last summer but struggled to impress in Spain. He scored just 1 league goal for Valencia in 15 appearances but only 4 of those appearances were starts. He also scored 1 goal in the Champions League for Valencia in 5 appearances, 4 of those were starts.
Batshuayi left Valencia for Crystal Palace in January and the Belgian had some success with Roy Hodgson’s team. He scored 5 goals in 11 appearances for Crystal Palace with 9 of those appearances as starts.
Batshuayi has an excellent finishing but must work on his overall play.
What does Lampard demand from his strikers?
Lampard expects his strikers to press aggressively. He also loves his team to hit the opposition defence with pace so the pace of the striker is important in Lampard’s system.
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