Crystal Palace must swoop for Tammy Abraham this summer
Crystal Palace could land their dream Christian Benteke upgrade with a move for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer.
There’s expected to be plenty of changes occurring at Selhurst Park over the coming months, and the potential arrival of the England international hitman could be the most significant of them all.
After rising to prominence with his boyhood club during the reign of previous Blues boss Frank Lampard, Abraham fell out of favour under Thomas Tuchel, making just two Premier League starts under the enigmatic German manager.
The 23-year-old was substituted at half-time on both occasions and failed to make the matchday squad for either the FA Cup final or the Champions League final, indicating his time in west London is coming to an end.
Should Palace sign Abraham?
Several top-flight teams have been linked with a move for the £36m-rated striker (as per Transfermarkt), including Palace, West Ham United and Aston Villa, where he enjoyed a successful season-long loan.
Abraham still has some admirers from his time at Villa Park, with club captain Jack Grealish revealing his admiration for his former teammate last year.
“Unbelievable. I couldn’t believe how good he was with the ball for how tall he is. Loved playing with him,” Grealish said during an Instagram Q&A (via HITC).
He went from strength to strength upon returning to Stamford Bridge at the start of the 2019/20 campaign, recovering from a slow start to score 18 goals in all competitions and earn high praise from ex-Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand in the process.
“I saw elements in Tammy’s game today that I hadn’t seen as much that I’d have liked to,” he said on BT Sport (via The Express).
“His hold-up play, coming to the ball and bringing others into play. First half, one ball went up to him, Didier Drogba-esque, chests it down for someone, runs on for the next phase – I think he’s developing nicely.
“He’s scoring goals, he’s scoring different types of goals, and I think he’s a threat.”
With the likes of Benteke and Andros Townsend approaching the end of their current contracts with Palace and Michy Batshuayi returning to his parent club following an unsuccessful loan spell, the Eagles’ chairman Steve Parish must sanction a swoop for Abraham this summer.
Securing the highly-rated marksman’s signature could encourage Wilfried Zaha to stick around a little longer, and Abraham’s natural goalscoring ability may just ensure a smooth transition into Palace’s post-Roy Hodgson era.