Monday, April 12, 2021

Thomas Tuchel speaks about Chelsea star struggling for game time

Team selection is a real task for Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea.

One good thing for Chelsea is that their summer acquisition has given them tremendous depth in their lineup. The club has a very good mix of experienced and young players competing for the first team squad which is a good problem for any manager to have.

However, the player’s perspective is often different. When Thomas Tuchel came in he made some serious decisions in terms of the squad selection for Chelsea. Many players have found a renewed role under Thomas Tuchel.

On the other hand, many star players have found themselves on the bench struggling for game time. Kai Havertz, Ben Chilwell, Pulisic, Ziyech, Timo Werner, Tammy Abraham are all in and out of the team struggling for consistency.

It’s getting really tight in the attacking areas for the Blues. Olivier Giroud has found his lost form even Callum Hudson Odoi is playing very well for the Blues. He was one of the bright spots for the club in the game against Manchester United.

Thomas Tuchel having to make some tough decisions for Chelsea.
Thomas Tuchel having to make some tough decisions for Chelsea.

It was a very exciting match but unfortunately, neither of the teams were actually able to score. There were some calls about whether Tammy Abraham could have been used as an option by Chelsea on the substitute bench. Since Tuchel’s arrival, he hasn’t seen much game time.

The Englishman was in good form for the club last season. But since the arrival of Timo Werner, his opportunities have been very limited, and he finds himself competing for game time.

Things are gonna be diffrent for Tammy Abraham this season

Chelsea academy product may leave with contract talks stalled
Tammy Abraham Struggling for game time with Chelsea.

Right now Chelsea has a lot of depth in their squad. The coach is likely to experiment with various different combinations until he finds one he can rely upon day in and day out.

Abraham is gonna have to fight his way through the pecking order. Abraham was leading the way for Chelsea last season with 15 goals and is the top scorer for them this season too with 6 goals to his name.

With all, he’s done he surely deserves more opportunities with the squad, but apparently, Tuchel has another point of view. This was Thomas Tuchel’s statement according to the Metro after the game with Manchester United.

 “We have 21 strong players and only 18 possible in the squad. “Hard decisions, it’s my job to make hard decisions. This was the decision and Tammy was not with the group.”He added: “At the moment he is only struggling with my decision”.

We have a strong squad. We have only Thiago Silva injured that means we have to make hard decisions.” Tammy Abraham’s current contract with Chelsea is till 2023. However, the player has turned down opportunities for an extension. He has doubts about the game time he is getting with the club.

If the situation does not change soon for Abraham he might have to look for another destination. Given the potential he has shown last year a lot of clubs will be lining up should he decide to move. Chelsea may have to come to a decision pretty soon.


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