Chelsea are looking at giving new deals to the likes of Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Fikayo Tomori and Tino Anjorin. Chelsea boss Frank Lampard wants to continue to build his team around the exciting young prospects at Stamford Bridge which have shone so far in the early stages of the season.
Abraham and Tomori have been regulars in the first team in the Premier League and Champions League this season. While James has also featured in games this season, his most recent at home against Crystal Palace where he had to deal with the attacking threat of Wilfried Zaha. James proved he is more than capable of playing at the highest level after stopping Palace’s danger man for the full 90 minutes.
Even though he plays in the same position as club captain Cesar Azpilicueta, right-back James will continue the Spanish international for a first-team spot. However, the 19-year-old has featured nine times this campaign, scoring two goals with one of them being in a 4-4 draw against Ajax which got Stamford Bridge bouncing.
Chelsea’s number nine Abraham has been in fine form this season, scoring 10 goals in the Premier League, one behind Leicester City’s talisman Jamie Vardy. He grabbed his first England goal in the latest international break and looks very much to be a part of Gareth Southgate’s plans at the Euro’s next summer. Another Chelsea academy graduate who was part of the latest England set-up was Tomori. He won his first cap on Sunday where England comfortably brushed aside Kosovo 4-0 where Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount scored his first goal for his country. Tomori has been ever-present in Chelsea’s backline alongside Kurt Zouma as the pair look to be the Blue’s first-choice centre-back pairing.
Lampard is keen to give contracts to his first-team regulars, but 17-year-old midfielder Anjorin is the least recognisable player who Lampard has prepared a contract offer for. So far, Anjorin has only made one appearance for the senior side in a 7-1 EFL Cup victory over Grimsby, but Lampard is a big admirer of the teenager and sees his long-term future at the club.
It won’t be just Chelsea and Frank Lampard who are hoping that these four sign extended contracts. Chelsea fans will hope that their star performers will commit to the club. Not just these four, Lampard will also hope that his other prized assets at the club will want to commit to the long-term after seeing what the club is building.