‘I feel a bit sad’ – Dean Saunders sorry for Tammy Abraham after Chelsea striker dropped
TalkSPORT pundit Dean Saunders has expressed sympathy for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham after the youngster was dropped ahead of Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Leicester City on Sunday evening.
Olivier Giroud replaced the striker in the starting lineup in the Blues’ first league game since being thrashed by Manchester United on the opening weekend, as Saunders suggested that Abraham was unlucky to be paying the price for a disappointing result.
Giroud could not completely reverse Chelsea’s fortunes as they dropped points once again, with Abraham himself unable to help the team’s cause with a 30-minute appearance from the bench.
And after showing some promising signs last weekend – including coming very close to opening the scoring at Old Trafford – Saunders was upset following his omission from the starting XI.
He said: “I feel a bit sad for Tammy Abraham. He hits the post against Manchester United – if it goes in, he’s off and running. And then he gets left out.
“He’s been a bit-part player at Chelsea since he’s been there, he’s gone to Villa, scored 20-odd goals, he’s come back thinking they can’t sign anyone and [Frank Lampard] has chosen Giroud instead of him.
“It’s a gamble starting him in the Premier League, but they can’t sign anyone.”
Perhaps Abraham could count himself unfortunate to not start given his visible threat at United last weekend – but Lampard had every reason to select Giroud from the off against Leicester considering both strikers’ midweek performances.
Saunders seemed to completely ignore that not only did Abraham miss the crucial penalty that handed Liverpool Super Cup glory in Istanbul on Wednesday night, but Giroud was on the scoresheet thanks to the Frenchman’s fine finish that had put Chelsea in front.
The pundit then seemed to undermine his own argument by labelling Giroud as class and Abraham as a gamble, which on paper could arguably make any selection headache for Lampard pretty simple to overcome.
And for a man who top-scored in last year’s Europa League, it is clear why Giroud got the nod on Sunday, so until Abraham starts to replicate his goalscoring exploits from the Championship in a Chelsea shirt, he may have to take the opportunities he is afforded this year to nab a starting place – unlike last week.
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