Following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival at Chelsea, playing time and opportunities to get into the side dwindled drastically for Tammy Abraham.
Timo Werner became Tuchel’s prime option as a forward and the arrival of Romelu Lukaku has put further questions marks over whether Tammy Abraham will move to another club in England or abroad.
Italian club Roma, who recently recruited Jose Mourinho as their manager, could be Abraham’s next destination.
With Inter Milan looking to Roma’s Edin Dzeko to replace Lukaku after his record move to Stamford Bridge, it could be the perfect opportunity for Abraham to play as a first-choice striker, with a team built around him – with a manager who knows his strengths.
One of the wide criticisms of Chelsea in the past and even to this day has been the lack of youth players making it into the first team. Frank Lampard was a huge advocate for young English talent making the transition and picking up minutes off the bench in the first team. But it with his departure as manager in January 2021 went the chance of a real chance to build a youth-led first team.
Flip the coin and there could be a silver lining to the situation that Abraham finds himself in. Jadon Sancho is a great example of someone who left on a permanent move abroad and has rightfully earned his place in the Premier League. Sancho came through the ranks as a youth payer both at Watford and Manchester City, before moving to Borussia Dortmund’s reserve team.
Earning his stripes at the German club, he managed to score 50 goals and provide 64 assists. He’s a ferocious talent and it would have been no surprise if a number of clubs had him at the top of their transfer list. This summer he joined Manchester United on a five-year deal until 2026.
In a statement on the club website, Sancho gives an insight into how it could play out for Abraham if he moved to Roma, or elsewhere for that matter of fact: “I’ll always be grateful to Dortmund for giving me the opportunity to play first-team football, although I always knew that I would return to England one day…”
First-team football is what he needs next and if he can get that elsewhere if he’s planned to be merely a subtext in Tuchel’s plans for this season – then there’s little reason as to why he shouldn’t.
Similarly, Jude Bellingham played in the Birmingham City academy for nine years, until he moved on to bigger things at Dortmund. Bellingham became Dortmund’s youngest goalscorer on record in his first competitive outing for the club.
The one difference between Sancho and Bellingham compared to Abraham is that the former pair went to the Bundesliga as prospects who were yet to showcase their true abilities.
Whereas we know what Abraham is capable of by now. He was a key figure in Lampard’s Chelsea side, shaping into a confident and consistent goalscorer.
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But in the Premier League, a more established and prolific forward is likely to get the jump over you and Chelsea are no different. Big names matter in the big team and for Tuchel and the Chelsea team that he’s putting his stamp on, Abraham seemingly has no space.
With the rumours still swirling online, you would hope that it’s not the last time you see Abraham in a Chelsea shirt. But that also doesn’t mean it’s the be-all and end-all for him in the Premier League. Playing abroad and getting those crucial minutes and experience on the pitch will serve him well elsewhere.
You never know, the Lukaku story might just repeat itself, but this time with Abraham returning in a few years…
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