Thomas Tuchel has acknowledged that Tammy Abraham may struggle to reintegrate into a Chelsea side that gathered significant traction when the England striker was hospitalized. Abraham has just recovered from a minor ankle injury. The was injured in the 2-0 Premier League victory over Newcastle on February 15.
Chelsea has only lost once in Tuchel’s 15 games as manager, with Abraham losing the majority of those games. With 12 goals this season, academy graduate Abraham remains Chelsea’s top scorer in all competitions. While Mason Mount has topped the charts under new manager Tuchel.
“Tammy had a tough time when he was replaced twice at halftime for tactical changes,” Tuchel said.
“As a result, he could not have the effect that he expects from himself, that we expect from him, and that he will provide for us. Then he got hurt, and the team performed admirably without him. We’ve quickly entered the crucial portion of the season, where it’s not so easy to get wounded players back into shape or let them play. We only have three backups, which is a huge, huge handicap. Because three replacements mean you only have two changes half of the time because you don’t want to miss the third one too soon. However, it is Tammy’s responsibility to do whatever she can to make it hard to miss him out. It is very difficult to choose the 18 players for Premier League games.”
Tuchel will be able to pick from a full squad for Chelsea’s Premier League match against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Abraham could find himself out of the starting XI once more.
Despite the Blues’ good form under their new German manager, all of Chelsea’s strikers are searching for goals. With £53 million summers signing Timo Werner scoring only twice in 33 games for club and country since November.
A slew of Premier League clubs is said to be interested in signing Abraham this season. West Ham is one of them.
Though Tuchel said he couldn’t help the 23-year-old advance his England allegations. The Blues’ new manager still hopes Abraham will have a significant effect on Chelsea’s season’s end.