Opinion: Why Tammy Abraham is right to demand big contract at Chelsea

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has reportedly turned down the club’s latest contract offer and demanded high figure salary before committing his future at Stamford Bridge.

According to the Mirror, the 22-year-old’s decision has been partly influenced by Callum Hudson-Odoi‘s new deal last September. Hudson-Odoi signed a new contract worth an estimated £180,000-a-week.

And based on Spotrac data, Abraham is on £50,000-a-week, with his two more years in his current contract.

It is understandable that some Chelsea fans might feel betrayed by the academy graduate. Chelsea played a big part in his career, after all.

But look at it this way; how much money would Chelsea have to spend for a lethal, young striker like Abraham in this current market?

Strikers are expensive

Abraham has scored 13 goals in the Premier League this season, and his display on the pitch speaks for he can offer to the club for the coming years.

Strikers are always an in-demand commodity in football and Chelsea have spent years finding a suitable replacement for Diego Costa.

If Chelsea were to sign a hot-prospect striker today, £150,000-a-week salary would have been likely to be inserted in the contract and the supporters would probably have no problem with that.

For reference, Olivier Giroud is on £110,000-a-week (Spotrac).

Why would the fans treat the club’s very own any worse? Having him saved us millions in transfer fees alone.

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Looking at previous academy graduates’ new contracts, the likes of Mason Mount, Fikayo Tomori and Reece James, it’s almost certain Chelsea are offering a five-year deal to Abraham.

It is a big decision for someone to make in his career.

With Chelsea having Abraham under contract until summer 2022, both parties are in no rush in sealing the new contract.

It would help, however, if Chelsea and Abraham can put the new deal issues to bed and focus solely on what matters the most; the performance on the pitch.

A Chelsea fan who loves football statistics. Studied sports journalism at the University of Sunderland.