Chelsea emerged victoriously in the UEFA Champions League in the 2020/21 season in a short time under Thomas Tuchel, and it remains the talking point at the club ahead of the 2021/22 season.
The triumph was one that nobody saw coming, considering how they struggled under Frank Lampard before the arrival of the German.
Despite this major success, one issue at the club leaves much to be desired and it is the club’s or maybe Tuchel’s treatment of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
It’s no more news that loyalty in the game favors the bosses and I wrote an article concerning the issue some time ago.
Tammy Abraham was one of the stars whom the onus fell on to help Chelsea maintain their place in the Premier League during the transfer ban under a manager who was still learning the ropes.
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The England striker was coming off the back of a successful loan spell with Championship side Aston Villa where he scored 26 goals and provided 3 assists in 40 games.
After he was integrated into the Chelsea first team, he played his role perfectly against all odds and scored 15 goals in 34 Premier League games for the Blues, with 25 starts to his name.
In the UEFA Champions League that same season, in 2019/20 precisely, he scored 3 goals and provided 1 assist in 8 games, with 7 starts to his name.
The Blues finished in the top 4 but struggled the following season under Frank Lampard with the bad patch affecting all the players, including the new signings before the arrival of Thomas Tuchel.
However, the forward was restricted to very limited game time under the German even as favorite Timo Werner continued to fire blanks and showcase his wastefulness in front of goal. The German scored 6 goals in 35 Premier League games in his debut season, 29 of which were starts.
Regardless, he was still preferred ahead of Abraham although his numbers in putting the ball in the back of the net didn’t do any justice to Abraham’s absence from the team.
Werner proved to be more creative though with 8 assists in the PL at the end of the season. Abraham, on the other hand, had 6 goals and 1 assist in 22 Premier League games, with 12 starts to his name. It’s obvious he would have done better with his numbers if he was given more game time
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Well, fast forward to now and reports suggest that Abraham is being targeted by some Premier League clubs including Arsenal while Chelsea have their eyes on Erling Haaland, who would cost more than an arm and a leg to get.
With the departure of Olivier Giroud to AC Milan, and nothing about the Haaland move being cast in stone, combined with Werner’s profligacy in front of goal, it may not be ideal to let go of Tammy Abraham who has acquired some valuable experience leading the line in the Premier League.
However, it’s all down to Tuchel but my opinion is that Tammy Abraham was not treated right and not given a decent chance to prove himself under Thomas Tuchel in comparison to other players.