Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has been left out of his side’s matchday squad for the FA Cup semi-final with Manchester City on Saturday (5.30pm).
Abraham, according to The Telegraph, has been snubbed by Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel in a decision that has been described as a ‘shock’ by reports.
The Telegraph report that despite Tuchel being afforded the opportunity to name nine substitutes and bring five players on, Abraham is not in the squad at all for the game.
Abraham is Chelsea’s top scorer with 12 goals this season but has only managed 123 minutes of Premier League football under Tuchel, the German replacing Frank Lampard after a 2-0 defeat to Leicester City on January 19.
Abraham has been linked with a departure from Chelsea this summer with West Ham United reportedly keen while Aston Villa have also been credited with an interest.
Villa is where Abraham netted 26 goals as Dean Smith ‘s side returned to the Premier League in 2018-19 through the Championship’s play-offs.
The player remains a popular figure on the terraces in B6 for his efforts in getting Villa back into the top flight.
And that is why some fans are open to Smith strengthening his forward ranks with a move for Abraham, with Ollie Watkins and Keinan Davis Villa’s options up front currently.
Wesley Moraes will add depth to the forward line when he returns from a serious knee injury suffered in January last year.
However, patience will be needed as the Brazilian makes his long-awaited comeback.
“Come back to Villa Tammy,” one fan said. “We love you up here.”
Another added: “It’s time Tammy, come home and play with Watkins.”
“Tammy is not in the Chelsea squad for a nine-sub bench, Watkins partnership with Jack Grealish in-behind…” said a third fan.
Another supporter says: “Tammy is coming back home in the summer I reckon.”
A fifth fan added: “Tammy is coming back to Villa.”