Chelsea of England striker, Tammy Abraham is set to get an instant due reward for his double-goals scoring feat of the past weekend, as he is said to be heading for a new deal worth £100,000 per week.
Although the tall Nigerian-born striker struggled in the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool and in the first two matches of the new season in the English Premier League, he put up a show on Saturday that showed a glimpse of his top-scoring exploits of the past campaign with Aston Villa.
That was in the lower cadre English Championship, but he was a shadow of himself against Liverpool and then faded on the opening weekend of a 4-0 loss to Manchester United.
He ended up going to the bench for the start of The Red Devils’ second game of the campaign, a 1-1 draw at home with Leicester City, only to bounce back to sparkling top form in the third game, as he scored twice in Saturday’s 3-2 victory away to Norwich City.
Born October 2, 1997 in Camberwell, London, the dark-skinned 1.91m tall lad, whose full name is Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, joined Chelsea at under-8 level and progressed through the London-based club’s academy system.
He was part of the Chelsea youth team which recorded consecutive triumphs in both the UEFA Youth League and the FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016, as he showed early signs of hitting stardom.
In the 2015–16 edition of the UEFA Youth League, Abraham struck eight goals in nine matches, making him the second highest goal scorer, but he was soon loaned to Bristol City and Swansea City, then last season to Aston Villa, who he helped gain promotion back to the EPL.
At Bristol City, he enjoyed a successful campaign and was named the club’s Player of the Season, Young Player of the Season and top scorer awards, becoming the first player ever to do so in a single season.
At Swansea, Abraham’s season ended with the club suffering relegation from the Premier League, after which he joined Aston Villa in 2018 and became the first player since 1977 to score 25 goals in a single campaign for the Birmingham-based club.
Chelsea’s current coach, Frank Lampard was in charge of Derby County in that campaign, and came up against Abraham twice during the two clubs’ promotion tussle, hence his love for the striker, who he ended up giving jersey number nine when the took over at Stamford Bridge.
The Chelsea icon gave Abraham the iconic jersey as a show of faith to the academy product at the club he once played for, and The Blues’ hierarchy are now ready to complement the striker’s return to form with an offer of a new contract that will double his current £50,000-a-week wages.
Not only did Abraham’s brace against The Canaries help Lampard get his first competitive victory at the fourth try across all competitions, he also broke the gaffer’s previous record in becoming the first Chelsea player since November 2013 to score at least a brace in an EPL game.
It also means Abraham, who netted 26 with Villa, has now scored more goals than any other English player since the start of last season, taking his tally overall to 28 after netting twice in The Blues’ win over Norwich on Saturday.
Battling with the likes of Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling as the Three Lions’ best marksman, Abraham had a slow start to the campaign and struggled to find the back of the net in Chelsea’s opening two matches.
The 21-year-old Nigerian-born striker also became the third youngest Chelsea player to score a league double, with Abraham sitting behind only Mark Nicholls and Eddie Newton.
Abraham still has three years to run on his current deal, but he is the lowest earner in The Blues’ first team, after Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek signed fresh terms in the summer, such that Chelsea now want to reward him with a pay rise.