The future of Tammy Abraham at Chelsea is up in the air ahead of the summer amid major Thomas Tuchel doubts, Football Insider understands.
A Chelsea source has told Football Insider that Tuchel is not convinced by Abraham’s ability to be the main striker for an elite Premier League and Champions League team.
There are also concerns among the coaching staff he is a “soft touch” and does not have the resilience to excel at Stamford Bridge.
Abraham’s situation is set to be a major issue for Chelsea this summer.
The forward, 23, already has a contract that runs until 2023 after an extension in his current deal was triggered by reaching a set number of goals and games last season.
But the player himself is miffed at his relatively low salary by the standards of first-team Chelsea players.
He is on £70,000-a-week and believes he has done enough in the past two seasons to be earning more than £120,000-a-week teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Chelsea chiefs are reluctant to hand such vast sums to a centre-forward they are not entirely convinced is the answer.
The Blues academy product is the club’s top scorer in all competitions with 12 goals this season.
That comes after he netted 18 times in 46 matches last term.
In addition to Abraham, Tuchel call upon three other senior strikers on the books in Werner, and Olivier Giroud, who is out of contract in the summer.
Michy Batshuayi is on loan at Crystal Palace but will have another year left on his Chelsea contract when he returns at the end of the season.