Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel’s decision to leave Tammy Abraham out of his squad for the FA Cup final was “embarrassing”, according to former Republic of Ireland striker Clinton Morrison. Abraham was not part of the Blues’ 20-man squad as Tuchel saw his side lose 1-0 to Leicester at Wembley on Saturday.
Youri Tielemans’ stunning long-range strike in the second half led the Foxes to their first-ever FA Cup triumph.
Tuchel threw on Olivier Giroud in the closing stages in an attempt to grab a late equaliser.
But he was unable to call upon Abraham, the club’s top-scorer in the competition this season.
Abraham has been starved of game time since Tuchel’s arrival and Morrison thinks the England international will be on his way this summer.
“It’s just hard decisions on a match day when you can only nominate 18 players, nothing else,” the German told Stadium Astro.
Meanwhile, Abraham’s girlfriend Leah Monroe made her feelings clear in a post on her Instagram story, which was swiftly deleted.
Monroe posted: “How on earth do you make the decision to leave your top goal scorer out of the squad for a final?”
“The same person who even scored the goals to actually qualify for this competition? It’s not making any sense whatsoever.”
The decision also left former Arsenal and England striker Ian Wright shocked ahead of kick off.
Wright said on BBC One: “I’m really surprised not to see Tammy Abraham in there being the top scorer for Chelsea in the competition, that he can’t even make the bench.”
Chelsea have now lost back-to-back FA Cup finals but Tuchel refused to lay blame at the door of his players.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Tuchel said: “Of course, we are disappointed but we are not angry, it’s not on our boys. Today we are simply unlucky.
“We have never hidden the fact that you need luck in this game to be able to win on this level.
“All the time you need momentum, little details and decision making, referee and sometimes with a shot like today.
“We defended very, very well, were aggressive in counter-pressing, we didn’t allow any counter-attack chances, no half-chances, and I was absolutely happy with the work-rate intensity.
“But our decision-making was a bit too hectic, [we played] a bit too straight upfront.”