Read what Lampard has to say about Tammy Abraham as the Blues are being linked with striking targets

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Chelsea have been linked with a number of striking transfer targets as the Blues seek to strengthen the team’s attack in the winter transfer window.

While Chelsea have been linked with a number of striking transfer targets, Blues boss Frank Lampard has admitted that the club isn’t close to making any signings so far.

Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham meanwhile has impressed for the club this season with 12 league goals and 14 in all competitions, and Lampard has revealed that he has been impressed with the attitude of the young striker.

“I’m delighted with him, with his progression and I have been all season,” said the boss. “For me, he’s a player who can play at the very highest level but he’s still in those early stages. This is the first period of time in the Premier League where he’s scoring goals so I expect a lot more of that from him.

“The good thing I love about Tammy is he’ll be watching every type of striker and trying to improve himself at all times. That’s the most important thing – to focus on himself – and then the rest will fall into place if he does that.”

Tammy Abraham has banished the number nine curse at Chelsea, and Lampard has revealed that the attitude of the 22-year-old as well as his performance in training was the reason why he gave him the number 9 shirt ahead of the new season.

“When the number nine shirt was available

[in the summer]

there were quite a few people around here warning me to be careful and saying that it’s not always had the best feeling in different players,” the Chelsea manager went on.

“It was my decision to give it to him purely on his personality in pre-season. I knew he was a good player and I liked him on the training ground but his personality showed me that he wanted it. I’ve seen him as a young boy coming through the ranks here for such a long time, always wanting to be Chelsea’s number nine, so I thought it was an opportunity for him to rise to that.

“It’s an easy thing at that point to say and feel but to then go and produce like he has done, it’s been a great start. Now he needs to keep going because he’s probably at the stage where people are starting to expect him to score, to play well and to affect games in a big way, and that brings a new challenge.”

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