The emergence of Chelsea Academy graduate Tammy Abraham as (one of) the best young strikers in the Premier League, coupled with Michy Batshuayi's less than promising showings for the Blues this season, has led ever increasingly to rumors about Conte and Chelsea would look to recall the 20-year-old in January as the replacement for the slightly older Batshuayi.
While the merits of such a move are debatable — we did the same with Nathan Ake last January and that move was largely just a waste of everyone’s time — it would appear that we won’t actually have to make that choice. As revealed by former Chelsea coach and current Swansea City boss Paul Clement, Tammy will be staying with the Swans through the end of the year.
"There is a stipulation in place that if [Abraham] does not meet a certain amount of games, a proportion of games by the halfway stage, he can be recalled. That is a normal thing to have on a season-long loan in place to protect the player, to make sure he's getting the right amount of game time."
"But if we were bringing in a player of his ability then I felt he was coming here to play. As we stand there is no reason to think he would not meet that criteria. He's well on course for that and he'll be here for the year. The only way they can recall him is if he is sat on the bench for the remaining games. But the way he's playing I can't see that happening."
-Paul Clement; Source: Belfast Telegraph
This story was actually broken two days ago by London Evening Standard journalist Simon Johnson, but now, we have official confirmation that unless things go rather awry for Abraham in the next few games, he will be spending the entire season at the Liberty Stadium.
Here's what I wrote on #cfc not being able to cut Abraham loan short on Tuesday: https://t.co/PLaszCE8et— Simon Johnson (@sjstandardsport) October 19, 2017
And that’s probably the best course of action for his continuing development. If Chelsea are indeed looking to replace Batshuayi in January, a more veteran option (Benteke?) is a better solution for now anyway.