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Thomas Tuchel reveals Tammy Abraham talks amid Chelsea FC striker’s struggles under new management


Abraham is about to enter the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge, with an agreement over an extension yet to be reached.

And with Erling Haaland a primary target for the summer transfer window, Abraham’s future is even more uncertain. 

He is set to return to the squad for Sunday’s FA Cup quarter-final against Sheffield United for the first time since being named as an unused substitute against Atletico Madrid last month.

While an ankle injury has partly been responsible for Abraham’s absence, he has also struggled to fit into Tuchel’s system as the Chelsea manager has consistently rotated his attack. 

Now Tuchel has revealed his conversations with the forward.

He said: “We had some talks to encourage him to never give in, to accept the situation, to not overthink it, to just come back to the situation where the striker must not overthink it. He just needs to be in the flow and if the team is winning without him then you can feel a little bit excluded.

“But it’s not like this with him so hopefully he can be back now, back in the squad, be totally free and there’s some hard choices and he’s a part of the group.

“It’s been hard for him because he’s never felt fully free, never felt fully painless after this tackle (against Newcastle), so it was hard for him to really perform on the level that you need to perform in training to convince your coach to leave somebody else out.

“In the moment where we left him out, it was a strong decision, we had other options on the bench.”

Tuchel is still struggling to find the right balance in attack, but Abraham has had the most difficulty fitting into a fluid forward line.


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