All three of Chelsea’s strikers from last season have taken a turn at the exit rumor station, and yet none of them look likely to be leaving this summer — though the situation can always change as most other leagues can sign and register players through the end of the month, even after the Premier League transfer window slams shuts on Thursday.
Making that possibility a bit more likely is the fact that Alvaro Morata, Michy Batshuayi, and Olivier Giroud have now been joined by Tammy Abraham. The 20-year-old is one of the more heralded prospects out of the Chelsea Academy in recent years, especially after scoring 26 goals for Championship side Bristol City while still a teenager. His second loan spell, in the Premier League with Swansea City, was not nearly as successful with only 8 goals to his name, as the Swans crashed and burned into relegation.
The most logical step, especially at a club with the tradition of loaning prospects until they are ripe for first-team minutes or ready to be sold for profit, would be for Abraham to spend this season on loan as well. But he begs to differ.
“For me, [my future is] hopefully at Chelsea. I would like to remain in the first-team, do the best I can and get a couple of goals to my name as well and see where it goes from there. Hopefully I can lift a trophy at the end of the season.”
“My main focus right now is staying at Chelsea and obviously I’m here right now and playing and I couldn’t really ask for more. We are a team at Chelsea, there is obviously going to be massive competition, it’s never going to be easy and for me, as a young guy.”
“I’ve always wanted to make my way into the Chelsea team and fight my way to the top. A team like Chelsea, one of the best teams in the world, obviously are going to have great strikers as well, besides myself, so it’s all about hard work in training.”
-Tammy Abraham; source: Goal
Certainly ambitious words from the youngster, but it’s hard to see Chelsea keep four strikers at the club, especially with Sarri’s 4-3-3 utilizing a lone striker. One of the four would surely have to give, for at least one more season...