Tammy Abraham is reportedly pushing Chelsea to match his wages to fellow academy graduate Callum Hudson-Odoi, who earns £130,000k a week.
According to The Times, Tammy Abraham is looking to use his excellent performances this season as an opportunity to increase his salary at Chelsea. It is believed that the striker wants the club to provide him with a deal worth £130,000 per week, quite similar to the package given to teammate Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Abraham could even be eyeing as much as £170,000-a-week deal, which was offered to new signing Timo Werner, although it depends on Chelsea’s activity in the current transfer market. Abraham’s current deal, meanwhile, expires in two years, with the striker making around £50,000-a-week.
Abraham’s increased demands do make sense given the impact he has had at Chelsea this term. In fact, he has emerged as one of the rising stars in the Premier League, scoring 14 goals in 30 matches. His exploits in front of goal meant that the Blues have found an internal replacement for Alvaro Morata.
Indeed, the 22-year-old has been central to Frank Lampard’s attack-orientated setup that has seen Chelsea score 63 goals – a tally only bettered by Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool. In contrast, Hudson-Odoi, whose future at Stamford Bridge looked bleak, especially when Bayern Munich were pushing for his acquisition at the start of last year, has been rather unproductive.
Although the young winger has seen his overall game-time being restricted due to injuries, he has been quite underwhelming in terms of his performances as well. In fact, Hudson-Odoi has scored only one goal in 18 Premier League appearances, even though only seven of those were starts.
Nevertheless, the Englishman’s rather disappointing campaign got overshadowed by Abraham’s rapid rise to prominence, with the latter emerging as Chelsea’s top scorer this season. Yet, the striker is currently the lowest-earning attacker at Stamford Bridge.
Hence, the Blues should definitely offer Abraham an improved deal this summer as Lampard looks to build his squad around him and new signing Werner, who is also expected to make a big impact in the Premier League next term.
In the meantime, though, it will be interesting to see how Chelsea fare against Sheffield United on Saturday as the Premier League top four race hots up. As far as Abraham is concerned, it remains to be seen if Chelsea cave in to his demands and offer him a £130,000-a-week deal.