Rio Ferdinand believes Thomas Tuchel gave Timo Werner too many opportunities at Chelsea and that reflects badly on him compared to how Tammy Abraham was left to rot on the sidelines.
The Blues drew 1-1 at Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano in the first leg of their Champions League semi-finals. Chelsea took the lead thanks to Christian Pulisic before Karim Benzema equalized for Real Madrid. After the game, Tuchel chose two aspects that he liked the most in the draw.
Before Pulisic gave the advantage to Chelsea, Werner had missed an incredible chance to give the advantage to the Blues. The German sort of allowed Thibaut Courtois to save with his legs with the gaping six-meter goal. He summed up his performances so far in a Chelsea shirt.
After the match, Ferdinand explained why he felt Werner had too many chances by Tuchel. In contrast, Abraham made a frustrated figure on the sidelines, having played just three minutes of football in the past two months.
Talk to BT Sports after the game, Ferdinand explained that Abraham will want to put himself in the showcase before the summer showcase.
“It’s crazy that we were talking before,” Ferdinand mentionned. “A young player, does he have time that a Timo Werner, a new signing gets when they come in?”
“And they’re not treated with as much care and understanding of their character and cotton as a new signature gets.
“A new signing gets the investment, but you invest in a young player.
“A young player adds so much value to a team, but he never gets the time or the patience that a new signing gets.
“Tammy wouldn’t have time for Timo.
“He [Werner] scored on the weekend but missed a goalie on the weekend. He missed another tonight.
“If you’re Tammy you’re sitting there going ‘well, OK, I have to play at least on the weekend to find myself in the showcase for the next game against Madrid.”
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West Ham said to watch Abraham
West Ham have been asked to attack London rivals Chelsea to sign Abraham this summer.
We told you, in an exclusive report, that the 23-year-old will have to drop his salary demands to leave the club – with the Hammers one of the clubs pursuing him.
And now Sky Sports expert Clinton Morrison had his say in the forward’s future.
Former Crystal Palace frontman boasts Abraham for a visit to the London stadium. He believes the forward will score goals for an improved Hammers outfit.
He said Sky Sports News: “100 percent. Tammy would go to West Ham and score lots of goals. Imagine, if they manage to keep Jesse Lingard and add to this team.
“He’s a good young striker, he will continue to improve. He will score goals, he is a threat in the air, he can stretch teams behind. He is also good back to the goal.
“He needs an arm around his shoulder. West Ham are a growing team and if they have the funds they should definitely go and sign Tammy Abraham.
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