For those who’re Tammy Abraham, and also you’re Chelsea’s present putting choices – you are in all probability left scratching your head.
When the membership splashed out £53million on Timo Werner final summer season his possibilities of first crew soccer had been swiftly written off – however the German didn’t show he was an improve as he battled to deal with the calls for of the Premier League.
The truth is, Abraham managed the identical quantity of objectives as the previous Leipzig man final season (12) having performed 20 much less video games, ending as Chelsea’s joint-top scorer. However that hasn’t stopped him tumbling down Thomas Tuchel’s pecking order having been given an opportunity at Stamford Bridge by predecessor Frank Lampard.
Even with Olivier Giroud heading to AC Milan, the membership are nonetheless prepared half methods with the ahead, and their loss could possibly be Arsenal’s achieve.
Tammy Abraham appears to be like prone to depart Chelsea with Arsenal rumoured to be circling for him
A transfer to the Gunners might revitalize his profession after falling down the Chelsea pecking order
The Gunners are mentioned to be main the race to signal Chelsea’s undesirable man forward of rivals Tottenham and West Ham, and with Mikel Arteta’s males themselves having troubles in entrance of objective final season, it could possibly be a match made it heaven.
The 23-year-old was raised as an Arsenal fan and idolised Thierry Henry – he’d soar on the alternative to make the change to the Emirates and earn hero standing because the legendary Frenchman did.
‘To be sincere I used to be an Arsenal fan. It did not make any distinction at Chelsea,’ he revealed in 2017. ‘If you’re younger and also you select who to assist, if it is a household factor, it is a household factor. Fortunately for me it was a household factor, so it wasn’t actually an issue at Chelsea.’
Abraham has critical ambition and perception – one thing the present Arsenal squad might use
He grew up supporting Arsenal and idolised Thierry Henry – he even vowed to grow to be higher than the Gunners legend
‘Somebody I seemed as much as was Thierry Henry. His variations of ending, his motion, the best way he dribbles… somebody like that has a key influence on me. I might like to be as large as him and perhaps even higher.’
That is an bold man who as soon as laid out his need to win the Ballon d’Or when he was on mortgage at Swansea within the Championship. And he wasn’t joking.
Arsenal badly want somebody with a bit of fireside within the stomach proper now after slumping to eighth within the 2020-21 season and watching their two major frontmen stutter up high. A lot of their hopes had been pinned on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he ended hypothesis over his future by signing a brand new deal, however suffered a gradual begin and completed with simply 10 Premier League objectives and 15 in all competitions.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (L) struggled for objectives final season, with Alexandre Lacazette turning into the primary man up high
|Premier League||Tammy Abraham||Pierre Emerick Aubameyang||Alexandre Lacazette||Pepe|
|Video games performed||22||29||31||29|
|Video games began||12||26||22||16|
|Minutes per objective||172.3||233.6||148.3||161.2|
|Shot conversion charge||18.8||17.5||28.9||20.8|
|Massive possibilities scored||5||6||12||4|
|Massive possibilities missed||4||7||9||3|
Alexandre Lacazette ended up being the primary man, netting 13 within the league and 17 instances in all competitions. He was adopted carefully behind by Nicolas Pepe with 10 within the league and 16 in all competitions.
Within the Premier League, Abraham performed far lower than the Arsenal forwards final season on account of his lowly place within the pecking order at Chelsea, managing simply six objectives in 12 begins.
Nonetheless, stats by Opta present that he had a superior minutes per objective ratio (172.3) to Aubameyang (233.6) and a greater shot conversion with 18.8 per cent, whereas the previous Dortmund man had 17.5 per cent.
When on the pitch, Abraham scored 5 objectives that had been thought of ‘large possibilities’, in comparison with six for Aubameyang and 12 for Lacazette. He missed 4 large possibilities to attain, with the Gabon striker failing to capitalise on seven and Lacazette 9.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is hoping to haul his Gunners aspect again into high 4 rivalry
Snapping up Abraham would supply Arteta with three high quality forwards whereas additionally taking the burden off Aubameyang and Lacazette for objectives. He would wish to begin video games after turning into pissed off at Chelsea however Aubameyang’s means to play on the wing might release extra alternatives for him up entrance.
Arsenal haven’t had one other out-and-out ahead because the days of Olivier Giroud and Danny Welbeck, which has harm the crew. If you’re not on high of your sport, you want a participant who can are available and alter the panorama.
Abraham has carried out that for Chelsea regardless of being usually missed. Within the league final season, he was solely outscored by Jorginho – whose seven strikes had been all penalties. And a better have a look at Chelsea’s statistics present he has extra objectives than anybody within the present squad with 30 objectives.
The one different gamers who can rival him are one other striker who has hardly had a look-in – Michy Batshuayi with 25 and long-serving defender Marco Alonso with 24. Midfielders Jorginho, Mason Mount and Chrisian Pulisic all have 17.
Abraham was Chelsea’s joint-top scorer final season alongside Werner, regardless of the German being anticipated to fireside within the objectives after his £53m transfer final summer season
However boss Tuchel has insisted he isn’t curious about historic knowledge and may solely choose what he sees in entrance of him, admitting Abraham has endured ‘a tough time’ since he took cost.
‘I do not suppose he is the highest scorer since I arrived,’ he mentioned in April. ‘I can solely choose what I see. I noticed a shiny younger man in entrance of me. I noticed a man who’s self-confident, who has lots of expertise. But it surely can’t be that in a interval of such good outcomes that instantly the fellows who do not play are the winners.
‘This isn’t logical to me. He was for some weeks not accessible, so is it now the second to do loopy stuff and check out issues? For those who simply have a look at the information, you’ll say: “OK, he is the highest scorer”‘ For those who have a look at the information since we’re right here, it should perhaps let you know a special story.’
Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has made it clear Abraham just isn’t in his future plans on the membership
Abraham has already damaged down limitations at Chelsea. As a teenager he admired the likes of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa however broke the cycle of solely international, established internationals main the road at Stamford Bridge. When known as upon by Lampard throughout his first season, he smashed in 18 objectives – exhibiting what he can do when given the prospect to start out video games.
Lacking out on Euro 2020 would have been powerful for him, and he’s coming to a crossroads in his profession – with the Qatar World Cup coming subsequent yr – and has simply simply two years left on his contract with Chelsea.
One striker who is aware of one thing about being out of favour on the membership is former Blues striker Carlton Cole, who this week urged Abraham to ‘know his value’ and ‘really feel valued’.
‘You get to a degree the place you’ve got to know your value,’ Cole informed talkSPORT.
Abraham craves the prospect to point out his value and grow to be the primary man in his profession
‘He has gone on mortgage and carried out rather well at Aston Villa, Swansea and got here again to Chelsea and carried out properly. They nonetheless do not worth him the best way they need to do and the best way he feels he needs to be valued.
‘He did not play on the backend of final season and he isn’t in Thomas Tuchel’s plans clearly as a result of he did not play.
‘Tuchel does not fancy him and I might have a look at different choices if I had been him and say, ”let me go and be the primary man someplace”.’
Cole went on to grow to be successful at West Ham – who’re curious about Abraham and outperformed Arsenal final yr. However the striker has the standard, drive and keenness for the membership to bolster the Gunners’ armoury and raise a sleeping large again into rivalry once more.