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Chelsea Can Bring Back Their Former Academy Graduate: Should Boehly Activate The Buyback Clause?

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According to a report from Football.London, Chelsea can bring back Tammy Abraham of AS Roma as they had a buyback clause inserted into the contract when their academy graduate signed for the Italian club. It is understood that the £67 million buyback clause will become active at the end of this season.

Abraham’s Campaign With Roma So Far This Season

The 25-year-old enjoyed an electric start to life at Roma, but he’s since struggled to reach the same heights of late. He has found the back of the net on seven occasions and created four assists over 38 appearances in this campaign across all fronts.

The London-born sensation has led the line well, being the focal point of Roma’s attack as he has averaged 1.8 shots, 1.0 key passes and 0.5 dribbles per game in the Serie A. However, he has to find a way to improve his link-up play, as he has only managed to complete 69.8% of his attempted passes in the Italian top flight (stats via whoscored).

Tammy Abraham of AS Roma linked to Chelsea
SAN SEBASTIAN, SPAIN – MARCH 16: Tammy Abraham of AS Roma battles for possession with Mohamed-Ali Cho of Real Sociedad during the UEFA Europa League round of 16 legs two matches between Real Sociedad and AS Roma at Reale Arena on March 16, 2023, in San Sebastian, Spain. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

His contract at the Stadio Olimpico expires in the summer of 2026. Abraham has been heavily speculated about a move back to Stamford Bridge since he left; however, his buyback clause has always proven difficult to justify.

Should Chelsea Owner Todd Boehly Activate His Buyback Clause?

Abraham remains an attacking threat in the final third, as he excels at finishing inside the opponent’s penalty box. He can position himself in the right places, acting as a target man in the offence to convert the chances created for him by his teammates. Furthermore, he remains an indirect set-piece threat standing at 1.90 meters tall, which allows him to dominate his opponents in the air.

At 25, he is about to enter his prime and has enough room to polish his game. However, the English forward will have to improve his link-up play if he wishes to become one of the best strikers in Europe.

The West London club are looking to replace Romelu Lukaku, and they could certainly use him as a bargaining chip to swap Abraham. However, the Blues also face competition from Aston Villa, who are in line to bring in a new number nine this summer.

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