Tammy Abraham warned over Chelsea axe despite goalscoring heroics in Newcastle win

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Owen Hargreaves believes that Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham will be dropped once Christian Pulisic makes a return to fitness. Abraham scored the second and final goal of the afternoon during the Blues’ 2-0 win at Newcastle United on Saturday to register his fifth goal contribution in eight Premier League appearances this season.

“Undroppable? Timo Werner is undroppable. But I think he’s making himself a really good squad player,” Hargreaves told Premier League Productions following the final whistle.

“I think he got 15 [goals] last season. I don’t think he gets enough credit for his overall game.

“I love the fact of his size, technically I think he’s better than people give him credit for.

“He is getting goals but I think when Frank gets his best team nailed down it’ll be Ziyech on one side, Pulisic on the other, and then Werner through the middle [with] Havertz and Mount [behind].

“I think that’s going to be his best team. But Tammy is going to be really important as a squad player.”

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Former Blues midfielder Andy Townsend also commented on Abraham’s goalscoring form, claiming that he needs to keep providing important contributions in order to maintain a regular spot in Chelsea’s star-studded side.

“I think as well, Tammy now knows he’s got to get numbers, he’s got to have goals,” he said.

“I think when you’re a young player coming into any team, particularly a big club, you want to make sure you’re part of the team, you perform your role and duty for the team.

“Now, as a striker, there’s a time you cross over into [saying], ‘I need goals, unless I score goals I can’t worry about the boys at the back and everything else for the team, I’ve got to make sure I produce.

“And I think he now realises that to stay at the focal point of Chelsea’s attack he’s got to get his numbers and he’s doing it very well at the moment.”

Chelsea will return to UEFA Champions League action in midweek with a trip to Rennes on Tuesday before a crunch Premier League clash against cross-city rivals Tottenham five days later.

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