Leicester City have had a great season so far: They sit in the third spot in the Premier League table – a point above West Ham and two above Chelsea. Well, they’ve made it harder for themselves to qualify for Champions League next season having lost two straight games — one of them to their nearest rivals, West Ham, who are just a point behind them in the race. But, Leicester still have a game in hand.
They are also in the semi-finals of the FA Cup against Southampton and are the favourites to go through to the finals. I guess you could call this a good season, granted they qualify for the Champions League.
Apparently, the Foxes are reportedly in the race to sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer, according to reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano. The Italian journalist reports that he is one of Leicester city’s top targets, and that the Blues would be open to selling Abraham this summer for the right price.
How has the season been for Abraham at Chelsea? Would this move make sense?
The English striker hasn’t featured a whole lot this season, making just 12 Premier League starts and 3 Champions League starts, most of which came under Frank Lampard. He wasn’t able to establish himself as one of the starters for the North London club under Thomas Tuchel — much like a few other players — who prefers having either Timo Werner or, as of recently, Kai Havertz leading the line.
The Englishman hasn’t featured for Chelsea in over six matchdays. He last played 45 minutes against Southampton back on matchday 25. He only had 12 touches that game, and I think that game gave Tuchel what he needed to know about Abraham’s fit in his system.
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In my opinion, I don’t think he’s a bad player at all. I loved watching him lead Chelsea’s forward line last season, scoring a bucket load of goals for the club. This season too, he played fairly well during the start of the season.
But, he hasn’t had the same effect he was having back then. Even if you look at second choice strikers, after Werner/Havertz, Tuchel clearly likes playing Giroud there more, so his minutes are even less.
It’s an unfortunate situation for Tammy Abraham because I feel like he actually loved playing for Chelsea. But, him going to Leicester makes a lot more sense than staying at a club where he’s not even playing.
If he goes to Leicester, he’d have to compete with Kelachi Iheanacho for that second striker spot. That’s a role that he can play perfectly, and him being a very tall, strong target man helps Jamie Vardy in a lot of ways. Jamie Vardy could be deadly with the space that Abraham (potentially) provides him with.
I think it’s a great combination. Iheanacho is also having a good season, scoring eight goals for the Foxes and has recently signed an extension with Leicester, but I think Abraham would have a genuine chance of playing regularly for the club because of how talented he is, if he can prove it to Brendan Rodgers.
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