The Blues boss admits that a striker currently battling for game time will ask questions about his future at Stamford Bridge
Thomas Tuchel admits that Tammy Abraham feels “anxious” and “angry” about his situation at Chelsea, with a lack of game time triggering talk of transfer around the England international.
The 23-year-old product of the Blues academy system has sat out 12 games since Feb. 20, with untimely injuries and fierce competition for places plotting against him.
Abraham has been absent from key matches in the Premier League, Champions League and FA Cup competitions, with Chelsea moving positively down all those paths, and Tuchel can appreciate why questions have been asked about his future.
What has been said?
A German tactician has said of a forward who has only counted five times during his reign in west London: “Everyone is worried when they are not in the squad but it is never an easy decision for me to take.
“I have a lot of sympathy for him and I can understand that he is worried and sad and maybe angry with me when I make these decisions.
“Sometimes we spend almost an hour talking after the last training what decisions to take and which players we have to leave at home because of the thin margins that decide.
“Tammy has had this decision now a few times against him which is never personal but this is life in Chelsea sometimes as a player.
“Hopefully he doesn’t get lost in too many thoughts because he knows not to worry too much about his situation.
“All it can do is stay focused and stay with belief because the situation for an attacker can change in minutes.
“We have important training in the pipeline and my decisions are not yet being made.”
The bigger picture
Abraham has missed out on meetings with Atletico Madrid and Porto in the Champions League, as Chelsea reached the final four of that competition, and are ignored for the FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester City which has the Blues within touching distance with silverware.
The lack of minutes at club level is understandably frustrating, given that he has 12 club-high goals to his name this season, and it also affects his international ambitions.
With Tuchel favoring other options in the final third, Abraham seems to have little hope of forcing his way into Gareth Southgate’s thoughts ahead of this summer’s European Championship.