Tammy Abraham should leave Chelsea and join a club like West Ham where he will be valued, according to Carlton Cole.
Abraham slipped down the pecking order at Chelsea following Thomas Tuchel’s arrival in January and has been heavily linked with a transfer this summer.
The 23-year-old striker scored 11 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions in the 2020/21 season, but played just 17 minutes in the final three months of the campaign.
Tuchel has favoured Timo Werner and Kai Havertz as his strikers and even used Olivier Giroud ahead of the England striker off the substitutes’ bench.
Giroud has now sealed his exit to AC Milan and former Chelsea and West Ham striker Cole believes Abraham needs to follow his lead.
“You get to a point where you, obviously, have got to know your worth,” he said on talkSPORT.
“He has gone on loan and done really well at Aston Villa, Swansea and came back to Chelsea and done well.
“They still don’t value him the way they should do and the way he feels he should be valued.
“He didn’t play at the back end of last season. I know that the other coaches do value him, but he is not in Thomas Tuchel’s plans obviously because he didn’t play.
“He ended up as one of their top goalscorers and he only played half of the season.
“Tuchel doesn’t fancy him and I would look at other options if I were him and say, ‘let me go and be the main man somewhere’.”
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He is under contract until June 2023 and Chelsea value him at £40million – a sum which could price him out of a summer transfer.
West Ham appeared the most likely destination earlier in the summer, but the club’s manager, David Moyes, has publicly baulked at Abraham’s £40m price tag.
“If that’s the figure and that’s what’s being said, we are ruled out,” he said in May.
“We don’t have that money, we don’t have that to buy a striker at that price, no.”
The Hammers reportedly preferred the idea of a loan move for the young striker, but Cole, who is a technical academy coach with the club, thinks they could pull off the move.
“Afford him? I think they can, yeah,” he added. “I don’t know the chairman’s pockets, but what they have spent on other players [so] why not?
“I said it from last season, that a place like West Ham would be good for him. He’ll grow. The only thing I’m a bit sceptical about is his hold-up play, which can improve.”