Thomas Tuchel has revealed he is pleased with Tammy Abraham’s recent work to win a place in the side, and the head coach certainly is not ruling the striker out from having an impact before the end of the season.
A combination of injury and selection choices means it is two months since Abraham last played in a game, but ahead of today’s visit to West Ham, against whom the 23-year-old scored two goals back in December, Tuchel had this to say about the possibility of a change in recent fortunes.
‘The big advantage as a striker is that you have always the chance to turn things around in one or two minutes,’ he began.
‘Sometimes it is like this, you maybe come on late and you score a decisive goal and you change the whole momentum. Even if he does not feel it right now, this is a far easier situation to turn things around for example than for Kepa, or even for defenders, where you normally never have the possibility to come into a match after 70 or 80 minutes, normally that only happens for injury or for reasons of overload. As a striker you always have the chance.
‘He [Abraham] has struggled for several reasons. One of the reasons is my decisions. Of course there are several other reasons, he was a bit unlucky, he was injured, so he struggled a bit to accept the situation and he struggled a bit with finding the solution for the situation, a bit stuck between his demands to himself and his expectations about his role and the role he was suddenly in.
‘But now I have the feeling he found the way to cope with it, which I am very happy about. He produced very good training sessions now in a row and this was the first step.
‘He has a high chance to be in the squad today and as a striker you never know, things can change in a minute.’