Welcome to the third scout report in my series of summer transfer targets. In this article, I’ll be looking at Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham.
The 19-year-old started his career by working his way up the Chelsea youth ranks. He spent 12 years in the youth team before breaking into the first team and making two substitute appearances towards the end of the 2015/16 season. In the summer of 2016, Bristol City signed the Englishman on loan. In his loan spell, he made 41 appearances and scored 23 goals. He finished the season joint-second top goalscorer (tied with Glenn Murray and Dwight Gayle), an impressive feat when you take into account his age and inexperience. You can read the last part here. Link to the rumor.
Style of play
Abraham is a fox-in-the-box striker with a proper striker’s instinct. He’s not constantly scoring 30-yard screamers but he “knows where the goal is” to use a cliché commentator phrase. Every goal he’s scored this season has come from inside of the are (as you can see from Squawka), Suarez-esque. He’s your typical poacher who will pounce on any mistake from the opposition, normally to deadly effect.
First of all the biggest pro is his goal tally. 23 goals in the Championship (which is a tricky league) at 19 years old is a good achievement when his competitors have a lot more experience in the league. Secondly, this could create a relationship with Chelsea which would allow us to loan their young players due to Rafa’s spell at the club. It’s a relatively low-risk move as it is only a loan move, not permanent, and the squad has enough depth to replace him if he isn’t firing. Altogether, I would be in favor of this move.
Although I’ve been positive about this rumor there are two complications that raise some concern for me. First is the fact that he’s only played 55 minutes of Premier League football. There cannot be any messing around this season as survival is absolutely crucial. The squad needs a lot of upgrades to cope with the Premier League and we cannot mess around with signings, as they must be ready for the Premier League. Second is the fact that it is only a loan move. Should the move happen and he ends up lighting the world on fire, the club would be forced to send him back to Chelsea which would be very disappointing. I would very much doubt that Chelsea would let Abraham leave permanently.
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