Former Southampton and Republic of Ireland forward David Connolly was ‘surprised’by Tuchel’s decision to leave the England youngster out of the Chelsea squad for Saturdays shocking 5-2 defeat against West Bromwich Albion.
Tammy Abraham is highly ranked at Chelsea, but is currently Thomas Tuchel’s third-choice striker with the Striker starting just three Premier League matches since Tuchel replaced Frank Lampard.
Tammy Abraham- have just two years left on his contract with Chelsea having linked with summer moves for Romelu Lukaku and Erling Haaland.
Connolly believes Tammy Abraham would flourish at West Ham, who is Chelsea’s top scorer with 12 goals this season.
He told talkSPORT: “Tammy would certainly want to be playing, that’s for sure.
“It’s not as if Timo Werner is ripping it up at this moment in time. He really isn’t. [Olivier] Giroud is in and out of the team.
“Despite those lack of goals, to still not get on the bench, a player of Tammy’s ability, is a real surprise.
“West Ham would love him! They need another striker. They’re very reliant on Michail Antonio, but I can’t see Chelsea selling Tammy Abraham.
“Whether Tuchel wants a response… some managers might just want a response. Maybe he needs to do a bit more in training as well.
“You just hope he’s not spitting his dummy out because he’s not involved and that he’s showing the right attitude. This might be him sitting on the naughty step for a little bit.”
After Chelsea’s shocking defeat to the relegation battling baggies, Tuchel disclosed Abraham did not miss the match because of an injury.
“He was not in the squad. I have to nominate 18 players,” Tuchel told talkSPORT.