Will Abraham be rare Chelsea nurtured breakthrough

Chelsea have made lots of headlines with their loan policy. The Blues currently have 40 odd players out on loan across the world. It’s some time since John Terry was the last  home grown player to make a big splash at Stamford Bridge, but Tammy Abraham who is currently on loan at Championship side Bristol City can buck that trend.

England Under-21 interim manager Aidy Boothroyd is backing Abraham to make an impact in the Premier League,.

The 19-year-old has scored 11 times in 14 games for City so far this season, making him the division's top-scorer.

Abraham then made his full U21 debut in a 5-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Tuesday, marking his bow with a brace.

"I think he is well on the way to proving [his top-flight quality]," Boothroyd, who also serves as the U20 boss and has previously coached the U19s said.

"I've had him a couple of years now and he has ability, he is proving his worth in the Championship and he is a typical young English player who is talented and has been given an opportunity at a club.

"He is a good finisher, has a really good, enthusiastic, optimistic outlook on life. He wants to play every minute and is not only a goalscorer but he can score in different positions, with his head and his feet.

"He is a team player and puts a shift in and he knows that because he's been with me for a couple of years now."

The tall and gangly Abraham scored 74 goals in 98 games for Chelsea’s under age side and made his full Chelsea debut at the end of last season.

He knew he felt ready to step up to senior football.

"I thought towards the end of the season more ready than ever. When I got my debut game I felt confident

"It's always the same buzz when I score, even in training. It's like something rushing down your body and taking over.

"At first I was a bit nervous but I'm not really a shy character.”

Lee Johnson, his manager at Bristol, says:"Tammy loves playing football more than he enjoys being a footballer"

Chelsea can't consider adding Abraham, who is highly rated by coach Antonio Conte, to their ranks in January because they didn't negotiate a break clause with the Championship club.

It means he is set to stay with the Robins until the end of the season, but is optimistic that if he continues to perform at such a high standard, he will be given an opportunity by Antonio Conte.

He said: 'My aim is to push as much as I can wherever I can and if I do go back to Chelsea, I'll just give my all and hopefully push for the first team.

'They are keeping in touch and congratulating me every time I play and telling me things to work on.

'It's a fantastic feeling to score for your country and every time I get out there on the pitch I just have to keep performing and keep trying to score.

'A team like Chelsea is always going to be a hard team to break into, but every time I get my opportunity I just have to give my all to perform.

'You can't ask for any more.'

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