Abraham was sold to raise funds to sign Lukaku from Inter Milan for just under £100million, but the Belgian has – arguably – had less of an impact than Abraham would have had. The former United forward has only scored eight league goals this season and has received plenty of criticism for his performances.
Of course, Jose Mourinho appears to have relit the fire in the belly of Abraham, but if Tuchel had put more faith in the former Aston Villa loanee then who knows how he would have performed going forward. The German boss has complained about the struggle of closing the gap between Chelsea and title contenders Liverpool and Manchester City recently, but waving goodbye to bright sparks won’t aid his sympathies.
It has been revealed that the Blues do have a buyback clause in Abraham’s contract that becomes active in 2023, and if the club are banking on bringing the academy product back then they must wait for another campaign to do so, and whether the gulf in class widens in the meantime remains to be seen.