Soccer NewsFriday 20th October 2017

Chelsea legend picks surprise name as player Antonio Conte should never have let go in the summer transfer window

Chelsea legend picks surprise name as player Antonio Conte should never have let go in the summer transfer window

How Chelsea could do with him now…

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard believes it was a mistake by his old club to let exciting young striker Tammy Abraham leave on loan for Swansea City in the summer transfer window.

The Blues let a number of key players leave this summer, with Diego Costa and Nemanja Matic two critical figures in the team’s title win last term that were perhaps the most surprising departures.

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Young duo Nathan Ake and Nathaniel Chalobah were also sold, while Abraham was also not kept on despite impressing on loan at Bristol City last season.

The 20-year-old scored 26 goals in all competitions for the Championship club, prompting talk that he could be ready to make an impact at Stamford Bridge.

However, Chelsea don’t have the best track record of handing opportunities out to their academy products, and few were too shocked when Abraham was instead sent on loan to the Liberty Stadium for the season.

Now with Alvaro Morata’s recent injury problems and Michy Batshuayi’s lack of form, Lampard has criticised the decision to let the young forward go for the length of the campaign.

‘For Chelsea as a club, yes it is a mistake,’ Lampard told BT Sport, as quoted by the Metro.

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‘It’s not (a mistake) for Tammy as I don’t think he would have played so many games. Now you see him playing regularly and he is improving as a player.

‘Chelsea could say “we didn’t feel Tammy was going to play”. If you say Morata was fit all season then it is great experience for him and he comes back next season as a well-rounded player.

‘But now Morata is injured it seems a mistake. You can’t have it both ways. I know I’ve sat on the fence there but you improve the individual by sending him on loan, but as a club now you go “maybe we could have kept him”.’

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