A thread containing a few thoughts on Tammy Abraham - the forgotten man among Chelsea's spending revolution.
The way football twitter rates Tammy Abraham is the biggest example of the way people put aesthetics/stereotype over efficiency.

Tammy Abraham doesn't "look" good to the untrained eye but he is among the best CFs in his age group.
Both Lautaro Martinez and Tammy are fantastic but let's compare how they are viewed.

Tags associated with Lautaro: next Aguero and so on.

Tags associated with Tammy: Mid-table level and such.

Fact: Lautaro loses the ball more than Tammy, scores less and is less efficient.
The same with Jovic and Dembele too. They're both very good young CFs but so is Tammy. Tammy is probably better too.

He's not rated highly because he "looks" bad. Well, aesthetics aren't that important. Efficiency is.
Erling Haaland, Timo Werner and Gabriel Jesus are most certainly better than Tammy Abraham, that goes without saying.

However, there are not many other young CFs who are significantly better than Tammy right now.

Things can change in the future though.
A look at Tammy's achievements so far:

- 78 career goals at 22
- 15 non-penalty league goals in his debut Chelsea season
- 0.73 non-penalty xG per 90 (via understat)
- Goals, and good performances, against big teams

Abraham is legitimately good. I can't emphasize that enough.
I want to take a second to emphasize his Chelsea goal-scoring record.

The only Chelsea strikers to score 15 non-penalty league goals in a single season are Hasselbaink, Drogba, Anelka and Costa. Plenty of big strikers have struggled to score at Chelsea. Tammy hasn't.
Another common criticism is how he's a "bad" finisher. Well, "bad" finishers don't score close to 80 goals at the age of 22. That just doesn't happen.

Furthermore, plenty of top strikers under-perform their xG. It's perfectly fine. Two major examples are Lewandowski and Cavani.
If you want a player of Tammy's achievements and upside in this market, you're looking at a very minimum of £60m. That's the best case, realistically you're looking at £75m or more.

Chelsea fans need to appreciate how lucky we are to have both Tammy and Werner in the same team.
I cannot wait to see Tammy dovetail with Werner, Pulisic, Havertz and Ziyech. The goal potential is enormous.

Tammy is far closer to becoming a superstar CF than people think. I hope Lampard doesn't sideline him the way he has sidelined others. He needs to be nurtured.
If given the right chances, Tammy Abraham can realistically score 20+ goals in all competitions for Chelsea, possibly score that much in the league alone.

His skillset suits Werner too. Will Lampard play them together? Will Lampard give Tammy a chance? Those are the questions.

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