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This 19-year-old homegrown Chelsea star could be the Diego Costa replacement that Conte needs

The Chelsea fans in the Transfer Tavern are about ready to say goodbye to Diego Costa this summer…

The Spaniard has struggled as the season has progressed, and despite a strong start to the campaign, he has found himself out of the first team in favour of Michy Batshuayi in recent weeks. A frustrated forward in very poor form is not what he wants.

In all, whilst the fans in the pub recognise his quality, many want to see him leave the club this summer, and they want Antonio Conte to use the money made from his sale to sign a top quality replacement.  However, perhaps Conte could look closer to home for a replacement, with one young striker really impressing this year.

We are talking, of course, about Tammy Abraham. The forward was dominant in the Championship over the course of the season, and whilst he was playing for a relegation battler, he literally could not stop scoring. He ended the campaign with 23 league goals – even more than Diego Costa managed – firing his way to near the top of the goalscoring charts in the process.

It isn’t just his goals last season, though, that make him such a good option. He has done that for years, often dominating players far beyond his years during his spell in the Chelsea developmental system. Whilst he doesn’t have the robust physicality of Diego Costa, the Premier League is a division that allows for varying styles, and whilst Costa may power his way through defences, Abraham is far more efficient playing on the shoulder – utilising his natural poaching abilities.

The obvious drawback to this is, of course, his age and experience. He has only had one season at a professional level, and some might say that is not enough. However, that can be counteracted by using Marcus Rashford as evidence. The Man Utd forward has burst onto the scene over the last 18 months – no experience needed.

It would be a risk for Conte, but a worthwhile one.

Chelsea fans – thoughts?

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