Tammy Abraham offers explanation for struggles of Chelsea’s new signings

Tammy Abraham believes Chelsea's players are still getting to grips with the club's new signings, which may explain their inconsistent form.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard spent over £200million in the summer, but the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have struggled to hit the ground running.

Werner has not scored in his last 12 appearances, while Havertz is spending more time on the subs' bench than he is on the pitch after a shaky start.

But Abraham feels the bonds with his new teammates are improving gradually and will only continue to strengthen as the season goes on.

"We have hardly had any time to train together and to work out how each other play so we’re just taking every day as it comes at the moment," Abraham told the Chelsea website .

"Every game we play, we’re learning new things about each other.

"I’m starting to understand them more and they’re starting to understand me more so hopefully we drive each other and be the best we can be."

Abraham looked to have lost his place in the side earlier in the season following the arrival of Chelsea's German duo, but has worked his way back into contention with three goals in his last two appearances.

The 23-year-old is now in a fierce battle with Werner and Olivier Giroud for the No.9 slot, but pundit Paul Merson doubts whether any of the trio are good enough to lead Chelsea's attack.

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"I don’t know where Werner plays," Merson told Sky Sports. "I think Chelsea may have signed him to play as a striker, but that is not working, and if his best position is off the left, then Chelsea need a centre forward.

"No disrespect to Olivier Giroud or Tammy Abraham, but you are not going to win the Premier League with those as your front two.

"Giroud and Abraham do great on their day, but they are not going to be in the top six Premier League goalscorers this season, or any season."

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