West Ham set ‘realistic’ sights on Chelsea hotshot unfancied by Tuchel

Date published: Saturday 10th April 2021 2:29 - Steve Pearson

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West Ham will look to offer an out of favour Chelsea striker a way out with a view to becoming a first-team regular under David Moyes, claims a report.

The Hammers are in the midst of one of their greatest ever Premier League seasons. David Moyes has his side striving to secure a maiden Champions League campaign. Even if they fall short, Europa League qualification would represent significant progress.


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West Ham’s squad has surpassed expectations in multiple areas, though a spate of recent injuries has put the spotlight on their depth.

English regulars Declan Rice and Michail Antonio both suffered injury setbacks in recent weeks.

The latter has been a revelation playing as a lone centre forward. However, persistent hamstring niggles have disrupted his campaign.

The extent of his latest complaint as yet remains unknown, though rumours have begun to swirl he could be facing a significant spell on the sidelines.

With Sebastian Haller’s position in the squad not replaced after his January switch to Ajax, depth up top is severely lacking.

Now, Eurosport claim Moyes will seek to address the issue by making a move for Chelsea forward, Tammy Abraham.

 

Abraham, 23, broke through at Chelsea under former boss Frank Lampard last season.

Since Tuchel’s arrival, however, the striker has had to settle for a bit-part role.

Tuchel’s recent comments suggested Abraham faces a tough battle to regain a starting spot. As such, West Ham reportedly see a move for Abraham as ‘realistic.’

Their chances of landing the striker will undoubtedly increase if Champions League qualification is secured. Nevertheless, if made to settle for a Europa berth, Moyes is said to be under no illusion that a deeper squad will be required to deal with the increased demands.

 

Major Chelsea buy facing early exit?

Meanwhile, Hakim Ziyech will leave Chelsea this summer just a year after sealing his high-profile transfer to Stamford Bridge, according to one commentator.

Ziyech was one of a number of high-profile signings Chelsea brought in last summer. The attacking midfielder arrived from Ajax for a fee of €40m.  He showed initial promise but has lost his way since, with injuries not helping his case.

Thomas Tuchel’s appointment as head coach in January has not helped Ziyech’s situation. The Moroccan has made just four Premier League starts under his new boss. Indeed, Tuchel has preferred to play the likes of Christian Pulisic, Kai Havertz and Mason Mount.

It comes as no surprise then to see speculation increasing that Ziyech will be shown the door. And according to former Holland international Rene van der Gijp, Tuchel simply does not fancy Ziyech. 

Furthermore, he hinted that Ziyech will only have signed in the first place to play under Frank Lampard – the man who convinced him to move to Stamford Bridge.

“It was a good choice when Lampard was coach”, he told Veronica Inside.

“He was very enthusiastic about him. Then another trainer arrives, and he wants to play a different game.

“He wants to have runners in midfield instead of people like Ziyech.

“Then you have a problem… So it’s best for him to leave.”

READ MORE: Frank Lampard reveals player he truly wanted to sign for Chelsea

 

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