Tony Cascarino tells Arsenal target Tammy Abraham to leave Chelsea before he becomes ‘disillusioned’
Tammy Abraham is reportedly a target for Arsenal (Credits: REUTERS)
That’s the view of former Blues striker Tony Cascarino, who believes Abraham can no longer afford to exist on the fringes at Stamford Bridge.
After a number of successful loan spells, Abraham was given a chance to shine at his parent club in 2019 when Frank Lampard placed his faith in the England ace.
Abraham impressed as Chelsea finished fourth under a transfer ban but the club spent big last summer, bringing in the likes of Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Abraham was out of favour last term (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo – UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)
That limited Abraham’s opportunities and he was squeezed further when Lampard was replaced by Thomas Tuchel in January.
The German now wants to sign an established no.9, with Chelsea keen on a move for Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland.
Arsenal have registered an interest in Abraham and Cascarino believes now is the time for the striker to leave his boyhood club.
‘He’s got to play football now,’ Cascarino told TalkSPORT.
‘He’s 23 years old now, Chelsea have got this conveyor belt of players like Callum Hudson-Odoi they’ve had Ruben Loftus-Cheek, they’ve had Billy Gilmour go out on loan…to break through into that team which is full of internationals in every position and they have doubles in every position like two right-backs, two central midfielders, it’s very hard.
‘Look he’s made the England team as a Chelsea player. He’s only made six appearances and played second fiddle to Harry Kane but I do think Tammy has to move.
‘I was lucky enough to see him at Bristol City and I came away…he scored a lot of goals for them and a lot of goals in the six yard box. So he gets predator-type goals. Tammy is a player that a lot of clubs will want. Whether it’s a loan deal I’m pretty sure Chelsea if they’re wanting to do a big deal elsewhere that they’d want £40-£50m for him. Which might be a big ask in the present climate.
‘But Tammy has got to play. I think it’s a big issue. He’s ended up going down the pecking order. He started the season quite well he got a couple of goals but then Werner comes in, then Giroud takes his spot. Tammy’s now gone down and he wasn’t even in the squads at the end of the season. It’s obvious that Tuchel isn’t going to have him part of his plans, certainly in his starting XI.
‘I think he’s not going to make it into the first XI and he’d be fortunate to be a sub. That in itself you can become disillusioned. He’s played quite a lot of football now to just be left aside again. I think he can become disillusioned with his career if he just stays at Chelsea. I think he needs to go and find a move. In some ways you’d want him to say he’d prefer a permanent move because he wants to kickstart his career again.’
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