'Played very well without him': Tuchel hints player will struggle to get into his Chelsea team

Thomas Tuchel confessed that Tammy Abraham may find it difficult to break back into the Chelsea line-up, speaking in his press conference.

Abraham hasn’t featured at all since being substituted at half-time against Southampton on the 20th of February.

A reoccurring ankle problem has caused a large proportion of his absence.

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Although, even when fit, Tuchel’s stance on not using the 23-year-old remains the same.

He was on the bench for Chelsea’s recent Champions League win over Porto and could be in line to face Crystal Palace on Saturday.

 When asked about Abraham’s lack of involvement, Tuchel gave an honest assessment of his striker’s situation.

The Blues boss said: “Tammy had a bit of a rough time because I think he started twice or three times.

“He was substituted for tactical reasons, for tactical changes at half time.

“So, he could not get have the impact that we demand from him. He was injured and he lost the connection and the possibility to fight for his place in the squad.

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“The squad played very well without him. We had a lot of results without him.

“Now we enter into the decisive part of the season, where it’s not easy to bring players into the shape we play.”  

Despite missing so many matches, Abraham remains the club’s top scorer this season with 12 goals.

This hasn’t halted the constant talk of bringing in a new centre-forward, which is one of the reasons why the England international won’t sign a contract extension (Athletic).

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With names like Erling Haaland and Sergio Aguero being branded about, Chelsea’s current crop of attackers may be fearing for their future.

Especially Abraham, who still has desires of going to the European Championship this summer with his national team.

His chances of achieving this are shrinking by the day, unless Tuchel does suddenly reintroduced him to the fold.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.