Pundit on Chelsea completing Tammy Abraham signing after near-£70m update
Chelsea re-signing Tammy Abraham would not be a repeat of the Romelu Lukaku situation, according to Noel Whelan.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Premier League striker insisted Abraham was a different player and personality to Lukaku and has improved at Roma.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano reported earlier this year (1 February) that Chelsea have a £67million buy-back clause on the 24-year-old which becomes active in July 2023.
Italian outlet Corriere dello Sport reported earlier this week (26 September) that Abraham is keen on a return to the Premier League “as soon as possible”.
Asked whether Chelsea may have learnt from the Lukaku saga and may avoid a move for Abraham, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “I think they probably would have to a certain extent.
“But you’ve got to remember that Tammy Abraham is a different type of player and a different personality.
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“They covered their back because they knew they had a talent there but he just wasn’t quite right for Chelsea at the time.
“We’ve seen before that people mature when they go abroad. They come back better, stronger players and rounded players.
“That’s probably the reason why they didn’t just let him go without a buy-back clause. They realised he was a talent, a good goalscorer with that natural ability to do everything you want from a centre-forward.
“At that time I think they just had other players there who were there in front of him.
“They didn’t take away from the fact he could go to Roma and come back a better player. If he starts scoring goals and gets back in the England set up, they wouldn’t be shy about bringing him back to the football club.
“He would be coming back as a different Tammy Abraham. He probably would be worth that amount of money, if not more.
“It would work out better business to get a centre-forward who is probably the full article compared to what he was when he left Chelsea.”