Tammy Abraham has declared himself ready to lead the line for Chelsea next season, should the club require him.
The England international scored 26 goals on loan at Aston Villa in the 2018/19 season, firing the Midlands club back into the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.
Is Abraham ready to star for Chelsea? Five key things to know…
- Abraham has made just two Premier League appearances for Chelsea.
- His last came in May 2016, spending time on loan at Bristol City, Swansea City and Aston Villa since.
- Across 2018/19 with Villa, Abraham bagged 26 goals in 40 games.
- Aston Villa will be keen to retain his services, either permanently or on another season-long loan.
- However, Abraham has now declared himself ‘ready’ to lead the line for Chelsea next season.
Chelsea, meanwhile, struggled to settle on a first-choice centre-forward, with Alvaro Morata being loaned to Atletico Madrid in January, Gonzalo Higuain struggling to make a telling impact on loan from Juventus, and Olivier Giroud being restricted mainly to Europa League and cup appearances.
And Abraham, 21, says he is now ‘ready’ to fill the void at Stamford Bridge next season, should Maurizio Sarri desire it.
“I do. I am still young, I am still improving,” he told the Evening Standard.
“The aim is to be at the highest level and playing the best football, and if Chelsea say they need me there, I will put 100 per cent in.
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“Every player wants to start. Obviously, it is always difficult at a club like Chelsea because they have got world-class players. But, for me, it is about believing in myself and just keeping doing what I do. I do believe in myself, so wherever I am I believe I will score goals.”
Chelsea face Arsenal in Wednesday night’s Europa League final in Baku.
Sarri’s striker dilemma could be Abraham’s gain
Whether they’re out on loan, sat on the bench or at Stamford Bridge on loan themselves, Sarri has a plethora of striking talent at his disposal, although none appear capable of convincing the Italian.
Morata, Giroud and Higuain managed just 12 Premier League goals in a combined 47 appearances between them throughout 2018/19, with the former being farmed out to Atletico Madrid on loan in January.
Eden Hazard scored 16 Premier League goals, twice as many as his nearest rival, Pedro, but is highly tipped to join Real Madrid this summer. Meanwhile, the Blues had Abraham in the Championship with Aston Villa, as well as Michy Batshuayi on loan, first at Valencia then Crystal Palace, where he scored six goals in 13 games.
With Chelsea’s transfer ban highly likely to stand in the summer window after a failed appeal, Sarri will have to make do with the options currently at the club, meaning a potential opening could come up for Abraham during the 2019/20 campaign.