Thomas Tuchel’s treatment of Tammy Abraham has reportedly left the Chelsea squad ‘confused’ as the club’s leading scorer struggles to win favour with the new head coach.
Abraham is Chelsea‘s top scorer with 12 goals in all competitions so far this season but has found himself on the fringes since Tuchel’s January appointment, failing to complete a single 90 minutes and finding himself omitted from the match-day squad on occasion.
The 23-year-old was left out as the west London side suffered a shock 5-2 defeat at home to West Bromwich Albion at the weekend and, according to the Telegraph, his continued absence from the side has caused confusion amongst the Stamford Bridge dressing room.
Several clubs are now monitoring Abraham’s situation with the player having just over two years remaining on his current contract, with talks over an extension yet to begin.
Leicester are one sides that have been linked with a potential move for the forward, whilst Aston Villa and West Ham have both previously been credited with an interest.
Abraham’s struggle to win favour has seen him fall out of England contention and he looks unlikely to earn a place in Gareth Southgate’s squad for this summer’s European Championship.
The forward missed the recent international break with an ankle injury, but has seen Dominic Calvert-Lewin impress for the Three Lions since making his debut in October, whilst there remains competition from the likes of Danny Ings and newly-capped Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins for a place in the squad.
Chelsea continued to be linked with the signing of a new centre-forward and time appears to be running out for Abraham to convince he can play a long-term role, despite an impressive breakthrough into the side last season that delivered 18 goals in all competitions.
Tuchel has so far preferred the out-of-form Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud in attack, whilst Kai Havertz has also been utilised in a false nine position since the arrival of his compatriot as manager.
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