Chelsea’s Nigerian-born striker, Tammy Abraham has been tipped as a key player that will help take The Blues to higher ground this season, and the London club’s fans will end up hailing him as the pivotal lad who uplifted their fortunes in a season that came after they could not sign high-profile players in the summer transfer window.
This is the verdict of an English football analyst, Blair Newman, who catalogued Abraham’s rise from rookie status at Stamford Bridge, with several loan deals taking him outside the club’s base in London to less fancied clubs, only to turn out now as the head of the corner that had previously been rejected.
Writing extensively about Abraham in a special feature script presented on tribalfootball.com at the start of this week, Newman noted that Abraham has defied all odds and caustic comments to rise to the occasion as Chelsea’s main striker for the season, with signs of a greater potentials on the horizon from the lad who top scored in the English Championship last season.
That feat came while on loan at Aston Villa, with his goals helping The Villans gain promotion back to the EPL, which Newman hinted was a sure sign of the striker’s potentials, that had largely been overlooked before now by club and county, despite the striker fighting hard to ompress.
Newman stated: “Over the last three years, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham has established himself as one of English football’s most promising strikers.
“At 21 years of age, he already has two full seasons of excellent scoring form at Championship level, hitting 23 goals for Bristol City in 2016/17 and 26 for Aston Villa last term.
“Now, under the managerial guidance of Frank Lampard, he is beginning to showcase similar form in the Premier League.
“Abraham is no stranger to the top flight. He spent one year on loan with Swansea City in 2017/18, making his senior international debut for England in the same campaign.
“With just five goals in 31 outings, he failed to establish himself as a sure-fire starter. It was uncertain if he would ever make the grade at Stamford Bridge, but with a transfer ban the club were forced to look within for talent.
“With Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori, Abraham is now enjoying first-team football at Chelsea for the first time.
“With four goals in his two latest league appearances, he’s underlining exactly why Lampard has shown such faith in him (thereby highlighting the youngster’s growing influence).
“Abraham’s ascension to regular game time at Chelsea hasn’t been without difficulties. He started in his side’s league opener away to Manchester United, hitting the post in the first half.
“Failing to improve on that near miss, he was helpless in a 4-0 defeat. Days later he missed his penalty kick in the European Super Cup shootout loss to Liverpool, after which he was the victim of racial abuse online.
“It was a tough week for the club, and even tougher one for the player. But Abraham showed exceptional maturity and mental strength to come through it, doing his talking on the pitch.”