Joe Cole believes Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham won’t be intimidated by £47.8million new arrival Timo Werner.
And the former Stamford Bridge star is certain Abraham and the rest of Frank Lampard’s squad will step up to the challenge of an influx of big-money signings as Chelsea splash the cash this summer.
Chelsea have emerged from football’s shutdown with all guns blazing after grabbing RB Leipzig goal-machine Werner.
That followed the signing of £37million Ajax winger Hakin Ziyech in February shortly before lockdown began.
And with German wonder-kid Kai Havertz and Leicester and England full-back Ben Chilwell also on Lampard’s radar, the squad shake-up is turning up the heat on Chelsea stars.
“That’s the nature of the beast, if you are at any big club” says Cole, now an academy coach at Chelsea.
“You know there’s a whole team of people in the scouting network scouring the world looking for someone to come in to take your job, to do your job better than you within the team.
“So players at the top level should know that is normal at a club like Chelsea.
“If you can’t accept that as a reality playing for such a massive club, that’s the reason why certain players stay at middle clubs because they get comfortable in that position.
“Certainly the lads who have come through the system at Chelsea who I’ve got to know over the years, their attitude and education that they have been based on, they will embrace the challenge.
“Tammy Abraham will embrace the challenge of Werner coming in and will improve because his attitude is second to none.
“And Frank understands the importance of competitive squads to drive you on and push you.
“I think the players will accept it as part of the reality of playing for Chelsea and it will improve them, I believe in that.”
Cole believes adding Chilwell would be a smart move for Lampard.
“Similar to Werner, he fits the ethos – he is young, he’s hungry, he’s explosive and athletic and I really like Ben.
“I think he’s got a lot of talent, if he comes to Chelsea, working with the group there – in Brendan he’s got a great manager and a great team up at Leicester.
“But Chelsea’s a step up from Leicester. I know they are sitting above Chelsea in the table at the moment, but having the opportunity to work with Frank and improve would be immense for him.
“He’s got the left-back position for England in his hands at the moment.
“My advice would be to keep performing, keep consistent and if he does do that he can be England’s left-back and if he does come to Chelsea, Chelsea’s left back for many years.”
With Chelsea desperate to cement a Champions League place the importance of winning at Villa is clear – and Cole believes they will.
“Dean Smith will look at staying up and he’ll look at games against Chelsea where it’s not likely you’ll pick up points.
“For Chelsea, Frank will have a points total in a head that he’ll want to get and Chelsea are in a situation where they can beat anyone.
“I’m not sure Villa can beat anyone at the moment. They’ve got to be crafty and pick up points they did against Sheffield United.
“But on Sunday, you can’t look past Chelsea. I think Chelsea win that game, only on the basis they’ve got the stronger players.”
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