Tammy Abraham is running out of time to prove his worth to Chelsea
Chelsea’s inconsistent season has become a big source of frustration for both the club fans and the coach. They are misfiring and conceding a whole lots of goals.
Of the top ten teams in the league, Chelsea has the worst defensive records conceding 49 goals already at this point in the season. Tammy Abraham’s inconsistent form in front of the goal sums up the issues at Stamford Bridge.
The team started the current Premier League campaign with a transfer ban handed to them by football governing body, FIFA. The club legend Frank Lampard also became the head coach.
He was appointed at the backdrop of the wonders he worked with Derby County by almost leading them to Premier League promotion. However, there is no doubt, that he is much inexperienced at the top level of the game.
Chelsea could not sign any new players, with the only arrival being American winger Christian Pulisic who was signed from Dortmund earlier before the ban. Chelsea also decided to turn Kovacic’s loan deal from Real Madrid into a permanent deal.
Lampard was willing to give the young players coming from Chelsea academy chances to prove their worth. Mason Mount, Tomori, Christensen, Gilmour, Reece James, and Tammy Abraham got promoted to the first team.
Tammy Abraham was coming back to Chelsea following a prolific season in the Championship with Aston Villa where he scored 26 goals.
His season started with an ugly incidence. He suffered racial abuses when he missed the deciding penalty kick in the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool. Chelsea went on to lose 5-4 on penalties.
After the initial setback, he rewarded the trust of the manager. He started the season in good goal scoring form. He scored a brace against Norwich. He followed up with another brace against Sheffield United. A hat-trick against Wolves confirmed his status as the club youngest scorer of three goals, at 21 years and 347 days.
His two goals in the Champions League came in the games against Lille. He scored in both home and away fixtures.
The injury and goal drought
His last goal came against Burnley in Chelsea’s comfortable 3-0 win in January. He, unfortunately, suffered an ankle injury against Arsenal in January. He collided with the advertising hoarding in the 2-2 draw in the London derby.
Since the restart of the current season after the Covid-19 pandemic break, Abraham has endured a poor run of form. This has forced the coach to start Giroud ahead of him. Giroud has impressed scoring 4 goals in 5 matches. Abraham became more of an impact sub coming off the bench, but still failed to make much of his opportunities.
He broke his goal drought with a vital goal against Crystal Palace in a 3-2 win. This was his first goal after 10 games starting in January. This should have provided a very boost to his confidence.
The coach rewarded his upturn in form by giving him his first start against Sheffield United. After all, he scored a brace against them in their first fixture. Abraham disappointed in the match failing to get into good positions. He did not have any shot on goal until the introduction of Giroud who paired with him upfront.
Chelsea did disappoint losing the match 3-0 and seriously diminishing their Champions League qualification ambition. After the match, Abraham became a target of Twitter attacks from fans for his poor display.
Timo Werner factor
With Chelsea’s acquisition of Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, Abraham is running out of time to convince the club that he can lead the line next season. Timo Werner is very prolific scoring 95 goals in 159 appearances for the German club.
For Abraham, it will be difficult to justify his first-team chances based on his recent displays. He is no longer a guaranteed starter having fallen in the pecking order with Giroud proving a more reliable option. The arrival of Timo Werner will also complicate his first-team chances.
With three fixtures remaining, it will be perfect time for him to stake his claim ahead of next season starting with today’s match against Norwich. He needs to prove to Lampard that he can play alongside Timo Werner. At the moment, he is not even playing ahead of Giroud