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Tammy Abraham has found games hard to get under new boss Thomas Tuchel, and the 23-year-old hasn’t featured for the Blues since February.
Tuchel has favoured Timo Werner and even Kai Havertz to play as a striker than Abraham, who even barely makes the squad these days.
The German tactician has often complained about Abraham’s performance in training, and recently admitted that the academy product lacks confidence.
However, Tuchel has given a positive update on Tammy Abraham for the first time, as Chelsea prepare to play West Ham on Saturday evening.
The Blues boss has hailed Abraham’s attitude and performance in training, and even admitted that he could be part of the squad to face the Hammers.
“The big advantage as a striker is that you have always the chance to turn things around in one or two minutes,” Tuchel started.
“Sometimes it is like this, you maybe come on late and you score a decisive goal and you change the whole momentum. Even if he does not feel it right now, this is a far easier situation to turn things around for example than for Kepa, or even for defenders, where you normally never have the possibility to come into a match after 70 or 80 minutes, normally that only happens for injury or for reasons of overload. As a striker you always have the chance.
“He [Abraham] has struggled for several reasons. One of the reasons is my decisions. Of course there are several other reasons, he was a bit unlucky, he was injured, so he struggled a bit to accept the situation and he struggled a bit with finding the solution for the situation, a bit stuck between his demands to himself and his expectations about his role and the role he was suddenly in.
“But now I have the feeling he found the way to cope with it, which I am very happy about. He produced very good training sessions now in a row and this was the first step.
“He has a high chance to be in the squad today and as a striker you never know, things can change in a minute.”
Abraham scored a brace against West Ham in the reverse fixture, and he’d be hoping for another chance to show what he can do against the Hammers.