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McLeish Backs This Chelsea Forward To Join West Ham United: What Will He Bring To East London?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent interview with Football Insider, former Scotland manager Alex McLeish backed Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham to join West Ham United this summer. When asked about whether the English striker should seal a move to the Hammers, McLeish said,

“That would be a great move for him (Abraham).

“He does need to go. These players can’t waste any time not playing first-team football.

“For me, he would be a very good signing.

“These are the prices and everybody knows that. That is not a surprising price.

“I’m sure West Ham, if they want to keep to the kind of level they finished last season, they will continue to bring in players at that kind of level.”

Abraham’s Frustrations At Stamford Bridge Last Season

Abraham endured an up and down campaign with the Blues as he struggled to make any real impact for them in this calendar year. The English centre-forward has failed to impress under Thomas Tuchel’s stewardship but did well to net 12 goals and secure six assists in 32 matches for the West London outfit last season across all competitions.

A lot of Abraham’s playing minutes came as a substitute which explains why he only averaged 1.5 shots, 0.4 key passes and 0.3 dribbles per game in the Premier League. The 23-year-old needs to work on improving his accuracy when distributing the ball in the final third after making 72.7% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

McLeish backs Chelsea's Abraham to join West Ham (Abraham is seen in the photo)
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What Will Abraham Bring To The London Stadium?

On his day, Abraham can be a decent goal-scorer in front of the opposition goal. However, those days have been few and far between for the talented striker this year as he has often struggled to feature in Tuchel’s starting XI. The six-time England international needs to secure regular game time if he wants to get his career back on track.

Hence, West Ham could be an ideal destination for the player this summer as he could enjoy playing regular football under David Moyes’ tutelage and could go on to form a lethal attacking partnership with Michail Antonio at the East London club in the coming seasons.

Standing at 1.90m, Abraham is a strong and athletic forward who has a knack for creating space for himself to get a few shots in on-target. He can score goals consistently when he is playing with confidence on the field, so we can expect him to bring a lot of firepower to Moyes’ attacking department at the London Stadium in this off-season. At 23, Abraham has still got a lot of room to grow into a world-class forward, so the Hammers should consider moving in for him ahead of the new campaign.

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