By Alan Hutton
Alan Hutton has tipped Tammy Abraham to return to Chelsea if he is guaranteed game time.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Tottenham and Aston Villa defender suggested the 24-year-old is a better option for Graham Potter than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
On 1 February, journalist Fabrizio Romano revealed the Blues have a £67million buy-back clause which becomes active in July 2023.
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According to Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport (26 September), the striker is keen on a return to the Premier League “as soon as possible” as he does not see a future in Italy.
The England international left Stamford Bridge to join Roma in 2021 after falling out of favour under Thomas Tuchel.
Hutton, who played with Abraham at Aston Villa, suggested his ex-teammate could be the long-term solution to Chelsea’s striker problems.
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“[Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, moving forward, for the next three, four, five years, he’s not the guy I don’t think,” he told Football Insider.
“[Romelu] Lukaku will try and leave in my opinion, it’s just whether they get the money back for him.
“Tammy’s a Chelsea boy. I played with him at Aston Villa, he’s a great guy, he just wants to learn, he’s hungry to do well and it must have been a difficult decision for him to leave because Chelsea’s his team.
“He’s gone away and flourished and he’s done brilliantly under [Jose] Mourinho at Roma. Would he want to go back? Probably because that’s his team.
“There’s no reason to move back there to then not play. He would need some sort of guarantee that he is the main man. It will be a difficult choice for him, pulling the heart strings a wee bit. But I think at this moment in time he’s doing really well.“
In other news, a finance guru has suggested there is ‘upheaval’ behind the scenes at Chelsea as senior duo exit.
By Alan Hutton