Pat Nevin was confident in his Chelsea column that Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud would both have a part to play before the campaign’s conclusion.
Chances have been few and far between for the Blues forward pairing.
Abraham hasn’t started a game in any competition since mid-February.
Giroud’s only Premier League run out in the past two months was a 13-minute cameo against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Thomas Tuchel has resigned the duo to fleeting substitute appearances. In Abraham’s case, sometimes not even including them in the matchday squad.
A combination of either Kai Havertz or Timo Werner have occupied the central striker position, tearing that job away from their more traditionally placed teammates.
Pat sees a path for Chelsea pair
However, Nevin felt there was light at the tunnel’s end for Abraham and Giroud.
“The quality performances throughout the entire squad have been exceptional,” admitted the former Chelsea winger.
“They would have to be to keep the likes of Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham out of the action when both are fighting fit and raring to go.
“I would not be in the slightest bit surprised if one or both of them still have massive roles to play in the next five vital games.”
Chelsea’s final campaign conquest
Chelsea’s remaining fixtures really are season defining.
Tomorrow they play Arsenal in a London Derby that could cement their top four place.
A double Leicester City header follows, one in the FA Cup final and the other in the league.
Then a trip to Aston Villa on the final day, before contesting Manchester City in the Champions League final.
Where Giroud and Abraham fit into this equation is another matter.
Failing to win either the domestic or European cup would pile even more pressure on a strong top-flight finish.
That’s why the ties with Arsenal and Leicester are almost more important then the knockout competitions.
Throwing Giroud or Abraham into the firing line might be a risk, especially considering the lack of competitive action they’ve tasted recently.
It may be the last time we see either striker in a Chelsea strip, with both their future’s under serious scrutiny.
Tuchel probably doesn’t have the time to get caught up in sentimental issues until the task is completed.
I’m struggling to see where Abraham or Giroud could fit in during this run.
I’d be amazed if either featured prominently in the FA Cup or Champions League finales.
Villa seems like the safest place to give them a go, but that purely depends on the Arsenal and Leicester results.