Exclusive: Two Chelsea stars tipped for fringe roles after mega-money deals agreed
Kevin Phillips claimed that the arrival of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech will not phase Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested that new signings would only serve to motivate the pair going into next season.
Werner, 24, and Ziyech, 27, were signed from RB Leipzig and Ajax, respectively, this summer in mega-money deals.
It is expected that Werner will lead a new-look Blues attack next season with Ziyech most likely to fill the void left by a potentially Arsenal-bound Willian.
When asked by Football Insider if this summer’s signings should worry Abraham and Hudson-Odoi going into next season, Phillips said: “You can look at it two ways as a player.
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“For me, with my own head on, I see that as competition, somebody that I can learn off and it means you have to perform in training week in, week out to stake your claim for a place in the side.
“But deep down, when you bring in quality players like that you expect those two players to start.
“Frank knows more than anyone that competition is healthy in any squad provided you can keep everyone happy. These young players have had a taste of first team action but they are easier to manage than two more experienced players sitting on the bench and not playing.
“Competition but I would not say they need to be worried. See it as a challenge to go and stake a claim.”