Both Jermaine Pennant and Tony Cascarino think Tammy Abraham would benefit from sealing a shock switch from Chelsea to Premier League rivals Arsenal this summer, as they told talkSPORT (21 July, 9.30pm).
Rarely has one player been affected quite so negatively by a change in management.
Almost in the blink of an eye, Abraham went from central figure to forgotten man at Stamford Bridge. Thomas Tuchel clearly doesn’t share Frank Lampard’s admiration for a striker who finished as the club’s joint-top scorer last season, despite playing 20 fewer games than Timo Werner.
The Sun reported on Tuesday that the England international could be offered a fresh start a few miles down the road, with Arsenal expected to fight off competition from London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United.
Chelsea value Abraham at £40 million but it seems that a compromise will be reached. Arsenal are set to sign the striker on loan with an obligation-to-buy.
“That would be a good move,” said former Arsenal winger Pennant. “Tuchel is not a fan of him. I’ve heard people talk about being patient and fighting for your place but it’s difficult.
“If a manager is not interested, you have to move on. A team like Arsenal, he wouldn’t have to go far for his family. It’s a perfect move.
“He’s something Arsenal need. He’s English, he’s young, the price is always a little bit more anyway for English pedigree
“I think it’s a good signing. Arsenal would be a perfect fit.”
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Cascarino, the former Chelsea favourite, struck a similar tone, suggesting that Abraham is capable of replicating the impact Romelu Lukaku made elsewhere in the Premier League after growing frustrated with life on the Stamford Bridge bench.
“Lukaku was a very similar player, where he had to improve in several aspects of his game. I think Tammy is capable of doing something very similar,” Cascarino said.
“Hes 23, there is room for improvement. He’d be a very fortunate man to go to a club the stature of Arsenal. I think they’re on the right path to start to catch up to the teams that have gone beyond them and Tammy would give them something different.
“With his goal return, I think he’d be pivotal to them.”