FRANK LAMPARD has told Chelsea’s young hopefuls to get used to scrapping for their futures.
Boss Lampard delivered the stark message after clinching the £48million signing of striker Timo Werner this week.
The deal heaps pressure on home-grown striker Tammy Abraham who is now fighting for his place despite scoring 13 Premier League goals in his first season as the club’s main man up front.
Werner has been in blistering form for RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, bagging 26 goals in just 32 league appearances.
Lampard said: “I’ve spoken to Tammy before about the idea of competition and I don’t feel the need to have to address every player if a player comes in who might challenge their position at a club like Chelsea, because that’s what it’s about.
“It’s been about that in its most successful years, in recent years in the Roman Abramovich era.
“Tammy has had a very good season for us this season. He has to sustain and improve on that because at Chelsea we have demands. I’m happy to have options and we have options in forward areas. And we must have competition for places. So I’m pleased with the idea of that.”