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Why it is imperative Chelsea star Tammy Abraham plays Premier League football next season

Tuesday 21st March 2017
With 22 goals to his name on loan to Bristol City, Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is deserving of a regular spot for a Premier League side next season.

Arriving at the Blues at U8 level, the Camberwell-born forward progressed through the academy system at Stamford Bridge and was part of the Chelsea side that recorded back-to-back triumphs in the UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup in 2015 and 2016.

In the former, he managed to notch eight goals in nine matches, making him the tournament's highest goal scorer.

During both 2014/15 and 2015/16, Abraham scored a whopping 74 goals in all competitions for Chelsea's youth team.

His record was not unseen by then interim manager, Guus Hiddink, who invited the England U18, U19 and U21 international to train with the senior team, given that Chelsea's 2015/16 was all but over.

Given his attitude and talent, Abraham was given his Chelsea debut in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League as a substitute before making his home debut the following week again as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Premier League Champions, Leicester City.

The following summer was one of speculation for the 19 year-old, with a number of clubs desperate for the opportunity to secure him on loan.

Charlton Athletic – who coincidentally have his brother Timmy in their academy - were one club highly interested, but they were pipped by Championship side, Bristol City in August 2016.

Just a month later, Abraham was given his first accolade as a professional footballer, winning the Football League Championship Player of the Month for his goals for Lee Johnson's men.
Fast forward to January and the lanky striker scored his 16th of the season in a 2-2 draw against Sheffield Wednesday which broke the record of former Fulham striker Moussa Dembele for scoring the most goals by a teenager since the beginning of the Football League Championship era.

Netting his 22nd of the campaign in a 4-0 thrashing of high-flying Huddersfield, highlighted the true qualities that Abraham has.

A near post run which was picked out well by David Cotterill showcased his movement capabilities but his finish in an unlikely position summed up his natural finishing instincts.

Already an established member of England's U21 squad, Abraham will now be aiming to break into the Three Lions' first team next season and to do so, it's imperative that he plays Premier League football.

Antonio Conte has already said that he is: “The future of Chelsea”, so he must now back-up his words by either selecting him for regular matches next season or give him the opportunity to go out on loan to another Premier League side.

A club such as Burnley, Bournemouth or Everton could be the perfect education for Abraham especially as the trio will probably be looking to bolster their attack during the summer transfer window.

However, for now, Abraham's sole focus will be keeping Bristol City up with the Robins currently in 19th place.

Should they stay up in England's second division, Abraham's goals would without question be the main reason why they were able to achieve it.
Greg Stubley
Greg graduated with a first in Sports Journalism from the University of Brighton in Summer 2016 and has already managed to gain experience in the industry, working for companies such as Charlton Athletic and talkSPORT. Greg is currently the regular commentator on Charlton's "CAFCPlayerHD" service, bringing full-match live commentary along with Terry Smith of Addicks' games up and down the country for subscribers to listen.

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