Tammy Abraham has been at Chelsea since he was seven years old so has been raised a true blue. Chelsea are widely known for their use of loaning out academy graduates to make a profit but in this article I will look at why I believe Tammy Abraham will still make it at the club.
Now many will remember the story of Patrick Bamford who like Abraham, had an immense season in the Championship and everyone was expecting a bright future. Bamford ended the 2014-15 season with 19 goals in 44 appearances and all Chelsea fans were excited to see how he would do in the Premier League the following year.
Unfortunately for Bamford and all Blues alike he managed just one goal in 31 appearances over the next two seasons and after one final loan away he was permanently sold in January 2017.
Now back to Tammy Abraham. His break out season in the Championship came around when he was 19 which is two years younger than Bamford was in his breakout year. Also, Abraham mustered up 27 goals which surpasses Bamford’s high by eight goals. Following Abraham’s heroics in keeping Bristol City in the Championship he was ready for a loan move to a Premier League club and Swansea was the destination.
Many expected Abraham to hit the ground running in his top flight venture and despite a decent start of five goals in 10 games it just didn’t work out for the youngster who suffered from an injury mid season. However, at the end of the season he finished with eight goals of which five came in the league which is no embarrassing tally for a player who only turned 20 that season. On top of this he made his England debut and received praise from legendary Brazilian striker Ronaldo Nazario.
Disappointingly for Abraham after one not so great season he is back in the Championship with Aston Villa. Nevertheless this is definitely not the end for Abraham, this season he has notched up an impressive 13 goals in 19 games whilst working with the one and only John Terry.
Many factors also point towards the next stage of Abraham’s career being at Chelsea. Firstly, there is the looming transfer ban that is constantly looking more likely meaning with ageing players Chelsea will need to trust the academy graduates who have had so much success but never get a chance. Alongside this, filling the striker position has been a problem for blues boss Maurizio Sarri with it looking halfway through the season Alvaro Morata is set to leave and Olivier Giroud isn’t fancied whilst Michy Batshuayi has never really picked up any form on his loan this season.
Assuming Alvaro Morata does leave in January I believe the best course of action would be to loan in proven goalscorer Gonzalo Higuain as a short term option and come the Summer allow Tammy Abraham to come back and play alongside quality players as it is unfair to judge him on a season with a very poor Swansea side. A move to France is a possibility for ageing Giroud and unfortunately it seems Batshuayi won’t make the cut under Sarri so bringing in one quality striker and trusting youth in other departments maybe is the best course of action for the squad. Whether a quality striker is signed or not however, Abraham has proved he deserves a chance and it is time for the club to change their infuriating policy.
Tammy Abraham is part of the future…
By Joe Martin
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