West Ham would ‘love’ to signal Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham as a long-term substitute for Michail Antonio.
That’s in response to former Southampton and Republic of Eire ahead David Connolly, who was ‘shocked’ by Thomas Tuchel’s resolution to depart the England worldwide out of the Blues’ matchday squad for Saturday’s shock 5-2 defeat in opposition to West Brom.
Abraham has began simply three Premier League matches since Tuchel changed Frank Lampard within the Stamford Bridge dugout again in January.
The 23-year-old has simply two years left on his contract as Chelsea have been linked with summer season strikes for Romelu Lukaku and Erling Haaland.
And Connolly believes West Ham could be a perfect match for Abraham, who’s Chelsea’s prime scorer with 12 objectives this season.
He instructed talkSPORT: “Tammy would definitely need to be taking part in, that’s for positive.
“It’s not as if Timo Werner is ripping it up at this second in time. He actually isn’t. [Olivier] Giroud is out and in of the group.
“Regardless of these lack of objectives, to nonetheless not get on the bench, a participant of Tammy’s means, is an actual shock.
“West Ham would love him! They want one other striker. They’re very reliant on Michail Antonio, however I can’t see Chelsea promoting Tammy Abraham.
“Whether or not Tuchel needs a response… some managers may simply desire a response. Possibly he must do a bit extra in coaching as nicely.
“You simply hope he’s not spitting his dummy out as a result of he’s not concerned and that he’s exhibiting the precise angle. This could be him sitting on the naughty step for a bit bit.”
After Chelsea’s humbling to the relegation-threatened Baggies, Tuchel revealed Abraham didn’t miss the match due to an damage.
“He was not within the squad. I’ve to appoint 18 gamers,” Tuchel instructed talkSPORT.
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“There are powerful selections to make. We take the alternatives of what the sport calls for, of what we predict, of the substitutions that we have now.
“Ultimately, we have now to pick out 18 gamers for roughly 20 positions. So we have now to depart three gamers out and Tammy was one of many three gamers.
“It’s nothing private or nothing huge. He has the identical likelihood to play each three days like everyone else.”