Chelsea striker told to join West Ham amid Arsenal bid reports

Date published: Wednesday 21st July 2021 11:21 - Joe Williams

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Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham should choose a move to West Ham amid rumours Arsenal are favourites for his signature, according to Carlton Cole.

Abraham has fallen out of favour under Thomas Tuchel at Stamford Bridge with the 23-year-old only playing 17 minutes for the Blues since Febuary.

He wasn’t even in the squad for the FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City or Champions League final glory against Manchester City.


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That has led to rumours today that Arsenal are leading the race to sign the England international in ‘a loan deal with an obligation to buy’.

However, Cole, who started his professional career at Stamford Bridge, thinks it would be best if Abraham moved to West Ham.

When asked whether Abraham was good enough to be starting for a top Premier League club, Cole told talkSPORT this morning: “No, I don’t think he is.

“I don’t think he’s that level because he misses too many chances. He’s not calm enough in his finishing.

“He had a brilliant season under Frank Lampard where he got 15 goals in 34 appearances, but Chelsea were creating loads of chances and he was still missing lots of them.

“His general play improved under Lampard, to be fair, but that’s an add-on. You don’t get judged on your general play, your hold-up play, as a striker you get judged on your finishing.

“If you’re playing for Chelsea, and we’ve seen Werner miss loads of chances this season, Kai Havertz too, but if you’re playing for the top four clubs you’re going to get two or three expected goals in every game, and you’ve got to be taking at least one of those.

“I don’t think he’s quite at that level. He had two brilliant seasons in the Championship with Aston Villa and Bristol City, but I think he’s still got quite a bit to prove.

“If I was him, he needs to go and play now, he needs to play first-team football. Thomas Tuchel doesn’t fancy him at all, sometimes last season he wasn’t even in the squad, he wasn’t even on the bench.

“So he needs to go and play and he could suit West Ham… depending on how much it’s going to cost. He’s Chelsea’s top scorer, English, young, I think he’s probably worth around £30m. I think a fee like £45m would be too much.

“I think a move to West Ham would be a good fit for him. He’s not a top-four Premier League striker.”

 

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