Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel said he understood striker Tammy Abraham’s frustration over his lack of playing time last season and took some responsibility for it, as speculation grows over the England international’s future at the Premier League club.
British media have linked Abraham with a move to Serie A club AS Roma, who is managed by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
The 23-year-old ended last season as Chelsea’s joint-top scorer with 12 goals in all competitions but found himself marginalised at the London club since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard as the manager in January.
With Lukaku to Chelsea almost a done deal, meaning Abraham time with the champions of Europe is likely to end as well, Tuchel as voiced his support for the young English striker:
“He was clearly not happy with the last half a year and maybe he has reason also not to be happy. Maybe it was also my fault not to push him, not to trust him on the same level I maybe trusted other players.
“I can absolutely understand that he wants more minutes. So the decision will be ‘how do we plan, what are Tammy’s plans, does he fight his way back into the team from the position where he ended last season or does he want to change club to have the chance of being a regular starter?’”
With Lukaku’s €115 million club record deal return to Chelsea imminent, Abraham is likely going to switch club an AS Roma are more likely to be his destination.