Tammy Abraham's case to become Frank Lampard's chosen Number 9 next season was made stronger today, after the 21-year-old put in a solid display against Barcelona in Chelsea's 2-1 win over the Catalans in Japan.
Abraham opened the scoring for the Blues inside 35 minutes, before Ross Barkley rounded things off five minutes before time, doubling Chelsea's advantage against the Spaniards.
Barca hit back through Ivan Rakitic in injury time, though the Croatian's finish acted as no more than a consolation with just seconds left on the clock.
With the centre-forward's position seemingly up for grabs at Stamford Bridge, Abraham will feel confident in his chances of obtaining the starting striker berth this term.
Gonzalo Higuain has returned to Italy with Juventus, leaving Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi as the only other out-and-out front men available to new manager Frank Lampard.
With the Blues placed under a transfer ban until next summer, they are unable to bring in any reinforcements in the forward area, so it looks likely that Abraham will given a fair chance to prove his worth in west London this time out.