Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has revealed he has held talks with Tammy Abraham over his role in the club’s squad.
Abraham has managed to make just four starts under Tuchel despite being Chelsea’s top scorer this season. The England international has struggled with an ankle injury that has ruled him out of recent games and lack of playing time when fit has raised questions over his future with the Blues.
The Blues are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland this summer, heaping further uncertainty on his situation.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea tie against Sheffield United in the FA Cup, Tuchel said, “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.”
“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. At the moment where we left him out, it was a strong decision, we had other options on the bench.”
Abraham is about to enter the final year of his contract with the Blues.