Cape Town - Tammy Abraham says he was looking forward to
seeing a few new players arrive at Chelsea during the January transfer window.
In what was a very frustrating transfer window for Frank
Lampard, the Blues failed to add any first-team players to their squad.
Chelsea were linked with several faces throughout the
window, with Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani's name cropping up constantly.
Dries Mertens was also rumoured to be potentially joining
Chelsea but no deals materialised, and they now have to stick with what they
have for the rest of the season.
It came as a huge disappointment for Lampard, who was able
to sign players for the first time following the Court of Arbitration for
Sport's decision to overturn their transfer ban.
Abraham was also evidently disappointed not to see the
arrival of any new players at Stamford Bridge.
The 22-year-old, who is Chelsea's top scorer in the Premier
League this season with 13 goals, says they would have all been lifted by the
acquisition of someone like Cavani.
"The players we were talking about coming, like Cavani
and other top-class strikers, have been around in the game for many
years," said Abraham.
"It would have been nice if he had come. He would have
been someone I could have learned from and stolen his ideas to add to my own!
It didn't happen, though, and for me, it gives me that extra push and desire to
claim my position and be as best as I can."
Chelsea's form has been mixed in the last two months, but
they are still clinging on to their top-four position in the Premier League
following Saturday's creditable 2-2 draw away at Leicester.
Abraham's form has mirrored the side's, with England forward
only netting two goals in his last 10 league games.
Lampard's failure to acquire a striker means that Olivier
Giroud will remain with the club until the end of the season despite being
heavily linked with a move away.
The Frenchman, who is aiming to be a key part of his
country's quest for Euro 2020 glory, has figured just five times in the Premier
League this season but now he and Michy Batshuayi will battle with Abraham for
the lone role in the attack.