Former Manchester City defender, Joleon Lescott, has backed Chelsea striker, Tammy Abraham, to leave Stamford Bridge after being sidelined by the club’s new head coach, Thomas Tuchel.
Abraham has fallen behind Olivier Giroud and Timo Werner in Tuchel’s pecking order of forwards at Chelsea.
The England international, who scored 18 goals in 47 appearances last season, was a key player for Tuchel’s predecessor, Frank Lampard.
However, Tuchel left Abraham out of his Chelsea’s squad that drew with Manchester United last weekend and also the squad that defeated Liverpool on Thursday, leading to speculation over the 23-year-old’s future at the West London club.
“I think he [Tammy Abraham] has made it known that he’s not convinced about signing a new contract. Obviously, players want to play,” Lescott told Premier League productions ahead of Chelsea’s Premier League with Everton on Monday night.
“He’s had an experience of playing. He’s been on loan and done the hard yards in the lower leagues and came back to Chelsea and performed.
“He’s not necessarily played badly, but for whatever reason, he hasn’t been given opportunities by Tuchel.
“Do I see him being there long-term? I don’t, to be honest. I see him having to go away. We have seen that in the past with Chelsea.
“I am sure Chelsea would love to have Romelu Lukaku right now, but he had to go elsewhere. It would be slightly naive of Chelsea to think they don’t need Tammy Abraham because he’s proven he can score goals. I would like to see him stick around, but I don’t see it happening.”