In the past few seasons, some have questioned the ability of Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to play at the highest level. The youngster has enjoyed very prolific seasons in the Championship with both Bristol City back in 2016/17 and last season with Aston Villa.
In-between the forward enjoyed a less than successful spell on loan at Swansea, who were then in the top-flight. The youngster scored just five top-flight goals, but to be fair he was playing a poor Swans side.
Proving his doubters wrong
In the last few Premier League games, Abraham has set about proving his doubters wrong. The 21-year-old has scored seven goals in his last three Premier League starts, eight if you count his own goal against Wolves last time out.
The youngster is starting to fulfil his potential as a top-flight striker. Most people knew he was quick and athletic, which are arguably two of the most important attributes for a Premier League forward. However, he has put those attributes to good use.
What he needed to add to his game was a clinical finish, which he is now showing signs of developing this season. His season at Villa seems to have helped him in that respect.
Adding that his game this season to his obvious technical ability means that Abraham has the potential to become the complete striker.
Nailed down the first-choice striking role
Abraham now seems to have nailed down the striking role at Chelsea. There was some debate at the beginning of the season if it would be Abraham or Olivier Giroud would be the Blues starting striker. There was even talk of Michy Batshuayi staking a claim after spending the majority of Chelsea career on loan at other clubs.
However, from the evidence of the last few games, Abraham is now the main striker for the Blues. There is no doubting that Chelsea’s transfer ban has helped Abraham to his current position, but he still had to take the chance once given it at Stamford Bridge.
It is hard to fault his current strike ratio of seven goals in seven Premier League appearances for the Blues. He obviously cannot sustain his current rich vein of form, but he is sure to score enough goals to keep him in the team for much of the season.
His good start to the season could well make his career at Chelsea, as the Blues were in dire need of a prolific frontman.
A chance to impress England bosses
On Tuesday night, Chelsea host Valencia at Stamford Bridge, in a game that the Blues are favourites to win at odds of 5/6. According to media reports, England boss Gareth Southgate’s assistant Steve Holland will be at the game to watch Abraham, while also with an eye on midfielder Mason Mount no doubt. Holland, of course, was previously on the Chelsea coaching staff, so he will know all about Abraham.
Abraham has won two caps for England, both of which came in 2017. It was slightly surprising that Southgate did not call-up the forward for his most recent squad. The 21-year-old headed into the last international break on the back of two straight braces in the top-flight. The hat-trick at Wolves has only made his claim for a senior call-up more compelling.
Tammy Abraham is starting to look like the forward that many hoped he would be. If he carries on in the same vein, then it can only be good news for the player, Chelsea and of course the England national team.
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