05172021

Is the writing on the wall for Tammy Abraham at Chelsea following Man City snub?


Tammy Abraham left out vs Man City

Chelsea are of course set to face off with Manchester City on Saturday evening in an FA Cup semi-final tie.

The winner of said outing will then take on one of Leicester City or Southampton in the competition’s showpiece next month.

Ahead of the tie, some rather interesting team news has emerged online.

As per The Athletic, Tammy Abraham has been left out of Chelsea’s matchday squad to take on the Citizens.

Abraham’s absence is not injury-related though, with sources have confirmed that he is fully fit and trained at Cobham this week.

Is Abraham’s time at Chelsea up?

This is not the first time Thomas Tuchel has opted to leave out the striker since he took over at Stamford Bridge.

Abraham was left on the bench in both of the Londoners’ Champions League quarter-final clashes with FC Porto.

The 23-year-old has also not featured in the Premier League since he was hooked at half-time vs Southampton back in February.

Granted he has had some injury issues since, but even when fit, it is quite clear Tuchel isn’t too keen on the forward – despite him still being Chelsea’s top scorer in all competitions this season.

All of Kai Havertz, Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner look to be ahead of Abraham in Chelsea’s attacking pecking order.

And with it claimed last month that the Blues will be in the market for a new centre-forward in the summer, does Abraham even have a future at Chelsea?

He has already lost his spot in the England squad due to a lack of minutes and if another forward is brought in over the coming months, it is really hard to see Abraham being handed any sort of regular action.

West Ham have been linked with a move for Abraham of late. And with David Moyes’ side looking set to secure some form of European football next term, perhaps Abraham should consider a new adventure where he will be a more prominent figure.

Moreover, the decision on Tuchel’s part to marginalise Abraham, on the surface at least, does seem rather strange.

As already mentioned, Abraham remains their top scorer this term, and with Chelsea still struggling for goals, why isn’t the striker afforded more chances to shine?  It is made even stranger when you consider how poor Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have been in front of goal this season, yet they are still handed many more chances to prove themselves.

Chelsea are no stranger to letting top talents leave and then impress elsewhere – Romelu Lukaku, Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne the obvious examples.

And though Abraham may not prove to be quite at that level, letting a young, English striker who has proven more clinical than your remaining forwards leave could well come back to bite the Blues.

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# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 32 44 74
2 Manchester United FC 31 27 63
3 Leicester City FC 31 18 56
4 West Ham United FC 31 12 55
5 Chelsea FC 31 19 54
6 Liverpool FC 31 16 52
7 Tottenham Hotspur FC 31 17 49
8 Everton FC 30 3 48
9 Arsenal FC 31 8 45
10 Leeds United 31 0 45
11 Aston Villa FC 30 10 44
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 31 -10 38
13 Crystal Palace FC 31 -19 38
14 Southampton FC 31 -17 36
15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 31 -5 33
16 Burnley FC 31 -17 33
17 Newcastle United FC 31 -19 32
18 Fulham FC 32 -18 26
19 West Bromwich Albion 31 -31 24
20 Sheffield United FC 31 -38 14
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 21
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 19
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 14
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 14
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 14
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 12
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 9
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 9
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 9
Barnes, Harvey Leicester City FC 9
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 9
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 9
Soucek, Tomas West Ham United FC 9
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 8



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