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Opportunity awaits for Tammy Abraham after Michy Batshuayi loan deal

Opportunity awaits for Tammy Abraham after Michy Batshuayi loan deal

Despite the transfer window closing in England, Chelsea have agreed a one-year loan deal with Valencia for Belgian striker Michy Batshuayi. 

The forward was unable to curry favour with manager Maurizio Sarri after returning from the World Cup, and has paid the price by being exiled from Stamford Bridge for another season.

Despite a successful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund last season for the 24-year-old (valued at £36m on Transfermarkt), it still did not prove enough, as Sarri has favoured Alvaro Morata, World Cup winner Oliver Giroud and English rising star Tammy Abraham.

This will be very encouraging news for Abraham, who will be hoping to work his way into the Chelsea starting XI this season after a loan spell at Swansea. Alvaro Morata is still struggling to prove himself at Chelsea, while Olivier Giroud may have a lighter schedule at the beginning of the season after featuring in the World Cup, meaning the door is open for Abraham to impress.

Chelsea failed to recruit a new striker this transfer window, an area that has been a perennial weakness for the London club since the departure of Diego Costa. With the possibility of an Eden Hazard exit in the coming weeks, Chelsea may lack attacking potency for the coming season.

Valencia finished fourth in La Liga last season, securing Champions League football, which will give Batshuayi the chance to impress on the biggest stage in European football, which his Chelsea teammates will be unable to do.

This is still a great opportunity for two young strikers: Batshuayi can to continue to impress in whatever league he is in, while 20-year-old Abraham can stake his claim at a Premier League starting spot.

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