In the past two seasons when Chelsea have had to compete without a recognized and a ‘world class number nine’, they have relied heavily on one of their own to do the magic but after just a season and half the ‘magician’…
Prior to the commencement of the 2019/2020 season, many expected the club to ship him out on loan like several of the academy products who have found first team minutes hard to come by.
The loan probability odds became even higher after missing the vital kick in the super cup against Liverpool but Tammy Abraham went on to become Chelsea’s leading marksman in the 2019/2020 season.
He did not only prove himself as a good goal scorer but also defied the number 9 curse which has seen the likes of Fernando Torres, Alvaro Morata and Gonzalo Higuaín hitting low standards at the club.
However, after such an impressive full season debut and an encouraging second season, the feeling now is that Chelsea’s best striker is very much undervalued by the club and the new head coach, Thomas Tuchel…
Underappreciated by the club?
Tammy Abraham was the leading man for Chelsea when the club over achieved last season, securing a top four finish and a place in the FA cup finals.
The England international netted 18 goals in all competitions, with an average of 0.38 goals per game in the 48 matches he featured for the club last season.
Although not extremely impressive, the hope was that, at least for Abraham, getting double figures in his first full season in a Chelsea shirt, and achieving a feat that the likes of Torres and Higuaín could not achieve, would warrant a bumper new contract.
But that wouldn’t be the case with Chelsea only opting to activate his one year extension clause.
Abraham appears not to be, only, unhappy with the lack of effort by the club to offer him a massive contract extension but their inability to offer a contract as lucrative as that of fellow academy products, Reece James and Callum Hudson Odoi.
Both Odoi and James earn £120,000 and £100,000 respectively while Abraham who has, arguably, been the most influential among recent academy graduates earns £57,692 each week.
The situation even gets worse considering reports linking Borussia Dortmund forward Erling Haaland to the club.
Provided Haaland arrives at Chelsea, and with Werner still available, it will certainly become a challenge for Abraham to get some minutes under his belt.
The Tuchel perspective
Thomas Tuchel’s arrival has given Chelsea’s season a great boost, having lifted them from ninth position into fourth in the English Premier League.
He is yet to lose a game and has given a lease of life to the likes of Marcos Alonso, Hudson Odoi and Andreas Christensen.
But there has been a collateral damage as a result of the change of system, with the likes of Pulisic, Ziyech, Zouma and Tammy Abraham finding game time very difficult to come by.
On most occasions, Tuchel has decided to pick two left backs for his match day squad and left Tammy Abraham out of the team-a decision that has no clear explanation to it, although the German has tried to make sense out of it.
“No, he is not struggling. We have a strong squad with only Thiago Silva injured,” Tuchel said when asked about his decision to leave Tammy out of the squad.
“We had Olivier [Giroud] starting, we had Kai [Havertz] also on the bench who can play number nine. Things might be difficult for him at this stage, as they should be, but he has our support.”
The German then added: “It is my difficult decision that I have to take. This is what you sign up for if you are playing for Chelsea.”
Tuchel’s explanation certainly does not sound convincing and only hints that the striker is not highly rated by the new boss.
It becomes even weirder to know that, in a season in which the club is struggling to score more goals, Abraham is the leading goal scorer for the club with 12 goals.
A summer to depart?
If Chelsea are unable to find a suitable agreement with Tammy and Tuchel a better explanation for his absence and the reward of some game minutes, the player’s summer departure will become inevitable.
With Haaland expected to join in, Abraham would not want to stay in a place where he is undervalued by both club and manager when there are other clubs where he could be very much valued and appreciated.