The future of Tammy Abraham at Chelsea is up in the air amid fresh Frank Lampard doubts, Football Insider understands.
This site revealed yesterday that the London giants are weighing up a move for a second stellar striker signing this window in addition to £53million arrival Timo Werner.
A Chelsea source has told Football Insider that Lampard is not convinced by Abraham’s ability to consistently deliver at the pinnacle of Premier League and Champions League football.
That is one of the key reasons for the club failing to secure an agreement on a new contract for the contract despite extensive talks.
For his part, Abraham believes he has done enough this season to prove he should be earning more than £120,000-a-week teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea chiefs are reluctant to hand such vast sums to a centre-forward they are not entirely convinced is the answer many thought him to be last autumn.
Abraham, 22, already has a contract that runs until 2023 after activating the one-year extension in his current deal by reaching a set number of goals and games this season.
The Blues academy product, who spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, has scored 17 goals in 46 matches in all competitions for Chelsea this term but has struggled for form in recent times.
He has has scored only two league goals since January and has been supplanted by Olivier Giroud as the first choice spearhead.
In addition to Abraham, Lampard call upon three other senior strikers on the books in Werner, Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi.
However, Giroud turns 34 in September and is out of contract next summer, Batshuayi has failed to convinced Lampard and is available for sale in the current window with his deal also expiring in 2021.