Thomas Tuchel has told Tammy Abraham to do everything he possibly can to force his way back into the Chelsea line-up.
The England international is the Blues’ top scorer this season, with 12 in all competitions.
But since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard in the Stamford Bridge dugout, he has found opportunities more difficult to come by.
Abraham has been linked with a potential exit this summer and wi have just two years remaining on his current contract at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old was hoping to secure a place in Gareth Southgate’s Euro 2020 squad, but a stop-start season means it is likely he will miss out.
Asked if Abraham’s determination to get into the England squad could alter Tuchel’s plans, the German suggested that can’t come into his thinking.
“I can’t make my decisions based on the personal goals of my players,” he explained. “Kepa also has the personal goal to go with Spain.
“It’s good they have these goals but it never influences my decisions. I’m the coach for Chelsea and I have to do what is good and best for us.
“Tammy had a bit of a rough time. He started twice or three times and was twice substituted for tactical reasons at half-time. He could not have the impact he demands from himself and we wish from him.
“Then he was injured and lost a bit the connection and possibility to fight for his place in the squad.
“The squad has played very well without him, we’ve had a lot of results without him.”
And as the former Paris Saint-Germain boss continues to assess his squad, he has hinted that Abraham could continue to find himself out of matchday squads, unless his performances make it too difficult to leave him out.
Tuchel continued: “Now we’re in the decisive part of the season where it’s not so easy to bring players who are injured into the shape. We have only three changes, which is a big, big thing.
“So circumstances are not easy but it’s on Tammy to do everything possible to let him out. We have a full squad now.
“We have 22 players on the training pitch and it’s very, very hard to select the 18 players for Premier League matches.
“We can only change three times but in the offensive position it is always part to have a huge impact in only some minutes.”
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