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Tammy Abraham – patience and self-belief were the key to success

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Chelsea are famous for the great number of loanees at their disposal. Since Roman Abramovich took the Blues over 16 years ago, they relied mainly on big-money signings. That policy brought them huge success over that period and a change of the philosophy was not expected. However, the transfer ban forced them to go in another direction. Chelsea appointed Frank Lampard as their new manager and the club legend had a clear vision of how to deal with the difficult situation. He put his trust in a couple of promising youngsters. One of them is currently leading the goal-scoring chart of the Premier League. We will follow Tammy Abraham’s path to prominence. 

Abraham made his first carrier steps in the Chelsea academy. He shined for a side that lifted the UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup in consecutive years. His goal-scoring record for CFC youth teams is more than impressive – 74 goals in 98 competitions. It led to his first call-up for the first team. Abraham made his senior debut in 2016 against Liverpool. Unsurprisingly, he was shipped out on loan at Bristol City for the next season. The young striker kept proving his worth there. He broke the record for most goals scored by a teenager in the Championship. Abraham netted 23 goals in the division – only Chris Wood outscored him that year. The Englishman was awarded as Bristol City’s Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer. 

Thanks to his brilliant performances in the second tier of English football, Tammy Abraham secured a loan move to Swansey. However, he struggled to find his goal-scoring touch in the Premier League. Despite that setback, the promising youngster kept the belief in himself and made a step back moving on loan to Aston Villa. Abraham rediscovered his form there. His goal tally of 25 goals was the second-best in the Championship. He was named in the PFA Team of the year. His WhoScored rating was the fifth-best among all players in the division last season. The youngster helped Villa to return to the Premier League scoring in the play-off semi-final.

Having flourished in the lower leagues, Tammy Abraham was finally handed the chance to lead the line for Chelsea. The young striker didn’t enjoy an easy start of the current campaign. Chelsea were trashed by Manchester United in the opening game and Abraham was unlucky to hit the woodwork in the first half. The Englishman won a penalty in the extra time against Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup encounter. However, he missed the decisive penalty in the following shootout and was racially abused afterward.

These difficult moments seem to motivate him even more and the academy graduate responded with back-to-back braces in the league. Those were brilliant performances that showed his persistence to succeed. Abraham produced a stunning show in his last outing scoring a fantastic hat-trick against the Wolves. The variety of his goals has to alarm the opposition defenders that he can hurt them in different ways. The Chelsea striker needed only 2 quick touches to put the ball into the net like an experienced poacher for his first of the afternoon. His powerful header was a sign that he can be a threat in the air when dangerous crosses come his way. Abraham used his pace and dribbling skills to complete his hat-trick in the best day of his career. His amazing performance on Saturday was the perfect proof of his meteoric rise. 

Tammy Abraham may have demanded to leave Chelsea earlier in his career when he wasn’t ready for the first team – similar to what Dominic Solanke did. He might have lost confidence after the disappointing stint at Swansey or after the missed penalty in Instanbul. The Englishman stayed patient, focused and persistent instead in order to become one of the most exciting young forwards in the Premier League.

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​Stats: WhoScored.com