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Abraham still important for Chelsea despite Werner deal, says Schwarzer

Tammy Abraham, Timo Werner, Chelsea
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The former Chelsea goalkeeper doesn’t expect Timo Werner’s arrival to diminish Tammy Abraham’s role in the team.

Abraham became Chelsea’s go-to-guy for bringing home the goals this season. His goals in the Premier League alone helped keep them in the top-four spots.

But Timo Werner’s €53m arrival from RB Leipzig this summer has left the 22-year-old’s role in doubt.

The German arrives at Stamford Bridge on the back of a goal-laden spell in the Bundesliga, and he’s expected to become the Blues’ chief goalscorer from next season onwards.

Not helping Abraham’s case is the fact Olivier Giroud seems to have pipped him in the pecking order recently.

But Mark Schwarzer expects the home-grown star will remain an important Blue next season in Frank Lampard’s deeper squad.

“Seventeen goals he’s scored now, he scored again [versus Liverpool],” he told Stadium Astro.

“I know he had a great first half of the season and he’s dropped off a little bit but I kind of expected that with the younger players.

“I don’t think Mason Mount’s playing at the same level he was earlier in the season, he just doesn’t have that same spark.

“Going forward Chelsea have always had an abundance of top talent and I think having that striker that scores you an abundance of goals, you can argue 17 goals for Abraham is a phenomenal return.

“I think that’s a very good return. In terms of Timo Werner coming in, he can play through the middle or also as one of the wider players, interchanging between positions.

“I think you’ll find Werner likes to sometimes drift out towards the left side a little bit and cut in.

“I think the number of games they’re going to have, the rotation they’ll be implementing, I think they do need quality and strength in depth.

“Chelsea have always been looking to improve, to bring in big-name players and they’re going for young and up-and-coming players but ones who have performed at the highest level already and done very well.

“It’s exciting times for Chelsea. Let’s not forget Chelsea are going to lose Pedro, they’re probably going to lose Willian. You’ve got [Hakim] Ziyech coming in, whether it’s Kai Havertz coming in, Werner, they’re going to need extra bodies to replace them.

“Chelsea have already been proactive and have started to already bring in those replacements.”