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Tammy Abraham was omitted from Chelsea’s 20-man squad for the 1-0 FA Cup semi-final victory over Manchester City last weekend – a decision which is said to have left several of his team-mates shocked.
The 23 year old striker was also absent for Tuesday night’s goalless draw against Brighton despite being fully fit and hasn’t featured for the Blues since being taken off at half-time in a 1-1 draw with Southampton on February 20.
Former Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge has urged Tammy Abraham to keep his head down and continue to work hard after being snubbed by Thomas Tuchel.
“It’s up to him to show the manager what he can do and the manager will decide whether it’s enough,” Bridge told bettingexpert.com.
“He has done well, but he hasn’t been amazing. He’s got to keep his head down and keep working hard, and if he does get a chance then he has to take it.
“Chelsea is such a massive club and Tammy has done well, he’s going to keep his head down and really impress the manager to get his chance again and he’s going to have to take it. He needs to be on absolute fire for Chelsea for them to not go and get someone big and that’s going to be a tough ask.
“It’s a very difficult situation at Chelsea with strikers at the moment and I think that’s the case because in the past they’ve had the likes of Drogba, Costa, Anelka and some very big-name strikers that have achieved big things – the players right now have some big boots to fill. I think all the strikers Chelsea have will have a hard time.
“Chelsea are lacking up front and I’ll be very surprised if they don’t get a striker unless Tuchel ends up sticking with what he’s got and can get the best out of Timo Werner and he shows what he is capable of.
“Chelsea might need a few strikers and it’s a question of do they need someone to come in and be the main striker or a supporting striker? They’re going to have to find a main striker.
“Werner looks good out wide and they are struggling at the moment, most people would agree it’s a striker that they need, a world-class player that all top teams would have and I think at the moment there are players that haven’t produced. I’d be very surprised if they don’t get a striker.”