Tuchel’s Chelsea team selection seemingly confirms summer transfer theory

Tammy Abraham may well have played his final game for Chelsea after he was left out of the squad for Sunday's clash with Aston Villa.

The England international was absent from the party at Villa Park, where Chelsea will confirm a top four place with a victory.

The snub follows on from Thomas Tuchel's decision to leave Abraham out of the squad for last weekend's FA Cup final against Leicester City at Wembley, despite Abraham being the top scorer in this season's FA Cup.

The forward was on the bench for Tuesday night's Premier League meeting with Leicester, but he didn't come on.

Abraham was a regular in the side under previous Chelsea boss Frank Lampard, and he scored 18 goals under the Englishman last season.

However he has managed just six strikes in the Premier League during this campaign, and 12 in all competitions.

Former Manchester City winger Trevor Sinclair says he would like to see his old club move for the six-times capped England forward as a replacement for the departing Sergio Aguero, and to boost the striking reserves at City.

“I tell you who could be interested in him [Abraham] is Manchester City," Sinclair told talkSPORT.

“I think he’s an elite forward.

“I think he’d suit Pep’s way. He’s clinical and he’s shown that this season as he’s right up there with the top goal-scorers and he’s hardly played.”

Chelsea go into the final day of the season in third, a point ahead of Liverpool and Leicester.

Chelsea XI: Mendy, James, Thiago Silva, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Kovacic, Jorginho, Chilwell, Pulisic, Mount, Werner.

Substitutes: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, Christensen, Zouma, Giroud, Hudson-Odoi, Ziyech, Gilmour, Havertz.

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