It’s fair to say that Tammy Abraham has been a bit of a revelation this season, but it appears no one is safe from the Chelsea injury curse at the moment. After landing awkwardly from a jump, Tammy left the stadium on a stretcher against Valencia with a hip injury. This left Lampard with a decision to make for the West Ham game. Giroud or Batshuayi. And honestly I don’t know who I’d have picked.
Whilst Batshuayi has played a decent amount of minutes and racked up 5 goals and 2 assists in all competitions, he has still been very underwhelming. There have been moments of brilliance, namely his goal against United in the Carabao cup, but simultaneously he was missed some absolute sitters, like the one against Ajax before he scored. It seems that like all his seasons so far at Chelsea, he is best suited to the bench and starting against weaker teams. When Abraham’s fit then Batshuayi isn’t getting anywhere near the first team, which could be a problem as Abraham doesn’t really have any competition for his starting place.
Our other striking option is Olivier Giroud. Dubbed the Thursday night Ronaldo after last season’s heroics in the Europa League, he hasn’t really done anything of note this year. Granted he hasn’t been given much playing time, in fact he’s hardly received any minutes but he was given a chance against West Ham. Many thought his heading combined with Reece James’s crossing could be a lethal combination. Instead, Giroud did nothing. 1 shot on target and 8 passes in 70 minutes is appalling. He is 33 now and a drop in ability is only natural but if this is the start of his decline, we need to get him off our books ASAP. Thanks for the memories Olivier but it’s time to go.
In short, neither of our back up strikers are good enough and can’t replicate what Abraham does so well to fit into our system well enough. Their movement off the ball isn’t good enough and they aren’t athletic enough to lead the press like Abraham does. They don’t have the hunger for goals like Tammy does.
Now the transfer ban is lifted our number one priority should be a top class striker to compete with Tammy. The games where he hasn’t played have proved how pivotal he is to the team, we simply don’t play as well without him.