He has dominated the Championship for two seasons and has definitely proved he has an eye for goal, but perhaps Tammy Abraham’s future lies away from Stamford Bridge.
The Englishman has once again impressed in the Championship, with 16 goals in 20 appearances for Aston Villa. His eye-catching form has led to clubs swarming in for his signature. Will Chelsea end his loan at Villa Park early. Wolves are looking to bolster their attacking options, reportedly bidding £18 million for the 21-year-old. With many young players struggling to make their way into Maurizio Sarri’s plans this season, the striker may try to avoid warming The Blues’ bench with a move to The Wanderers.
Early Signs of Potential
Abraham is Chelsea through and through having joined their youth academy at 7 years of age and progressed through the system. 74 goals in 98 games in his youth career was a sign of things to come for a prolific young striker and good enough for Guus Hiddink to give him his first team debut in a substitute appearance against Liverpool in 2015/16.
The Englishman was then sent on loan to the Championship with Bristol City in order to continue his development in 2016/17…
A Stellar Season
Abraham got off to a blistering start, scoring 10 goals in his first two months with a struggling Robins side. After winning September’s Young Player of the Month award, the Chelsea loanee’s form never dropped off with goals against the likes of Nottingham Forest and Barnsley securing vital points for his side.
His year in Bristol had produced a stunning 23 Championship goals, behind only Chris Wood for top scorer. This was enough to keep Bristol City up in 18th place and give Abraham well-deserved plaudits. Bristol City’s Player of the Year returned to Stamford Bridge after a successful stint away and was ready for his next destination.
With Championship evidently too good for him, Abraham signed for Paul Clement’s Swansea for the beginning of the 2017/18 season. This would test if the striker could cut it in the top flight and potentially break into Chelsea’s first team.
He got off to a decent start with the opener in a 2-0 win against Crystal Palace to start his account in Wales. A goal in a loss against Watford and a game-winning brace against Huddersfield were all he could muster as he went on a huge goal drought, correlating directly with a struggling Swans side threatening relegation.
Abraham’s next Premier League goal came 6 months later in a draw against West Brom, yet it wasn’t enough to make them survive relegation. 8 goals in 39 appearances for Swansea was an underwhelming return for the talented goal scorer.
Back to His Best
A return to the Championship has followed for the forward in 2018/19 who is once again flourishing in the second tier. He leads the goal scoring charts and is knocking on the door for a second chance in the Premier League. I mean 4 goals against Forest says it all really.
Style of Play
Abraham possesses several physical attributes that allow him to thrive in the final third. At 6ft 5in, he is a significant aerial threat from set pieces. Coupled with his incredible strength, the Toulon Tournament winner holds the ball up well, making him effective for setting up his teammates alongside receiving long balls to put him through on goal.
The Englishman is also surprisingly quick, often pushing defenders back with sheer speed. Surprising considering his frame.
The Perfect Match?
An inconsistent Premier League campaign with Swansea may put a few doubts in minds of Wolves fans. But that Swansea side did lack creativity having lost Gylfi Sigurdsson in the summer.
With the likes of João Moutinho and Ruben Neves providing the creative spark that he can feed off and Adama Traore putting dangerous crosses into the box, this could be a great signing for The Wanderers and a great move for Tammy Abraham.
Perhaps this is the move he needs to establish himself in the Premier League and fulfill his potential, which sadly may not be possible in a star-studded Chelsea side.