Abraham could be a major beneficiary of the Blues’ looming transfer ban
Managerial chaos. The side’s best player looking increasingly likely to leave. And to top it all off, the prospect of a transfer ban weighing on their shoulders. To say there were uncertain times ahead at Chelsea would be an understatement. With the Blues likely to lean on their academy more than ever, could Tammy Abraham return from the shadows and finally become Chelsea’s main man?
With Gonzalo Higuain seemingly returning to Juventus with his tail tucked between his legs after a disappointing loan spell in west London, Maurizio Sarri’s side are only really left with Olivier Giroud as their front-line striker. Whilst the Frenchman has proven himself to be a reliable goal-scorer in Premier League football, at 32, he’s unlikely to become an elite-level forward. But at over a decade his younger, Abraham still has the future ahead of him, and has enjoyed his best year in professional football this campaign.
The 21-year-old has bagged 26 goals this season for Aston Villa, and has been one of the major reasons why Dean Smith’s side face a Championship play-off final against Derby County next Monday. And yet, despite his unbelievable record in front of goal, and the prospect of a transfer ban looming, Football Insider has claimed Wolves could be set for a big-money swoop for the Chelsea loanee this summer.
For the Blues, such a decision would beggar belief. The likes of Loftus-Cheek and Hudson-Odoi have both shown that when trusted with regular opportunities, they could more than deliver, and even outshine their more illustrious teammates.
With Eden Hazard edging ever closer to a move to Real Madrid, whoever is trusted with Chelsea’s number 9 spot next season will be expected to lead not just the line, but the entire team too. For all his qualities, Giroud has shown that perhaps isn’t him. At 6ft 3in tall and possessing deceptively quick pace, Abraham has all the physical attributes to be an absolute nightmare for opposition defenders. Able to run the channels, hold the ball up and an ever-improving instinct in front of goal, the striker has shown more consistent signs of his enormous potential.
Indeed, this season, in particular, has seen Abraham flourish under Smith’s guidance at Villa Park, with the presence of a familiar face in John Terry in the dugout only serving to help him find his feet. Speaking to the club’s official website back in February, the striker said: “Everyone has made me feel so welcome. Obviously, you have the gaffer and the likes of John Terry here. It feels like one big family. Dean Smith and JT called me every day. They told me I’d continue to score lots of goals here and that they believed I could take us up.”
For the 21-year-old, that’s all he needs to make his mark – belief. Selling Abraham, valued at £13.5m by Transfermarkt, would be a shocking decision by Chelsea amidst all their transfer uncertainty. But at 21, the striker has all the tools to haunt the Blues not just for next season, but for the years to come too; and all for the simple reason that they refused to believe in him.
Chelsea fans, would you want Tammy Abraham being the side’s first-choice striker for next season? Would you be happy with selling him? If not, why not? Join the discussion by commenting below…
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