Thomas Tuchel has held crunch talks with Tammy Abraham over the Chelsea striker’s recent lack of game time. England forward has fallen down the attacking pecking order in recent weeks under the German.
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Trusted under Frank Lampard, Abraham has started just two Premier League games under Tuchel so far – being hooked at half-time in both of them – and has been missing from the past four squads.
Abraham hasn’t had much luck in the Champions League, either. The 23-year-old didn’t make it off the bench in the first leg against Atletico Madrid and, again, wasn’t in the squad for the second tie.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz have been deployed more regularly, with Tuchel opting for either Olivier Giroud, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, or Mason Mount ahead of Abraham in recent games.
And ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup fixture against Sheffield United, Tuchel revealed he’s held talks with Abraham.
“We had some talks to encourage him to never give in, to accept the situation, to not overthink it, to just come back to the situation where the striker must not overthink it,” Tuchel said.
“He just needs to be in the flow and if the team is winning without him then you can feel a little bit excluded.
But it’s not like this with him so hopefully, he can be back now, back in the squad, be totally free and there are some hard choices and he’s a part of the group.
“It’s been hard for him because he’s never felt fully free, never felt fully painless after this tackle (against Newcastle), so it was hard for him to really perform on the level that you need to perform in training to convince your coach to leave somebody else out.
“In the moment where we left him out, it was a strong decision, we had other options on the bench.”
Despite Tuchel dropping a fan favourite in Abraham, the striker will find it hard to argue with the German’s methods given his solid run of results.