David Moyes’ West Ham United are going to attempt to sign Tammy Abraham on loan from Chelsea as per David Ornstein of the Athletic. The striker has slipped out of Thomas Tuchel’s plans, starting just thrice since the German took over from Frank Lampard as manager of the London-based club.
Abraham is a product of the Chelsea Academy and went on three consecutive loan spells between 2016 and 2019 to Bristol City, Swansea City, and Aston Villa respectively. He scored 61 goals in his 109 appearances for these three Championship clubs which earned him a place back in the Chelsea squad for 2019/20 under Frank Lampard.
Having been given the number 9 shirt, the intentions were clear, Tammy Abraham was set to be Chelsea’s next primary striker. Abraham did very well in his first full season in England’s top division, scoring 15 goals and contributing 4 assists in his 34 appearances. However, his second season hasn’t been quite the same. All of the Englishman’s goal contributions (6 goals+ 2 assists) this season came in the first 15 match weeks, but since then it’s been a barren spell for him.
Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Olivier Giroud have firmly established themselves ahead of Abraham in Tuchel’s pecking order for forwards. This is probably why Abraham will be pushing to leave in the upcoming summer transfer window. The report by David Ornstein says that Chelsea value Abraham at £40 million, which may prove to be too much of a sum for the likes of West Ham, Leicester City, Aston Villa, and Newcastle, who were all interested.
Instead, West Ham are looking to sign Abraham on a loan deal instead, which could prove to be difficult. When you look at it from Abraham’s perspective, why would a reputed striker ever choose to sign on loan when teams already know what he’s capable of delivering for them.