Players to Watch 2017/18 – The Young Lion


This summer England’s under 21 side were knocked out of the European Championships by Germany on penalties. A familiar feeling. There were positives to take from the competition however. One of which was a young striker who scored early in the second half of the Germany game to give England a 2-1 lead. Tammy Abraham may not be proven in Premier League football but his style of play and raw ability could spark a change in fortunes at the Liberty Stadium.

Swansea City manager Paul Clement has used his Chelsea contacts to bring the young English striker to the Welsh club on a season long loan. Abraham was always going to be in demand this season and with Chelsea, his parent club, not interested in selling a player with such huge talent a loan move would always be preferred. After a good competition with the ‘Young Lions’ Premiership football was always going to be on the agenda this season. He played in all games in the under 21 European Championships and proved a constant threat all through the competiton.

Last season Abraham helped Championship side Bristol City to a decent season which saw them stay in the Championship. He was a vital part to the club staying on the outskirts of a relegation fight. He scored 26 times for City last season.

Questions have been asked about the youngster making the step up and whoever Swansea can rely on him to deliver regularly. If he is given a chance he will surely triumph. He has come through the ranks at Chelsea and has a good pedigree. The is simply his time. He needs this chance to progress to the next level. It is vital for young players to move up the ranks by playing regularly. This move signals both a step up in standard and a greater platform for him to showcase his talents. It is extremely likely he will at some point grab the headlines with some fine form.

For a player of such a young age he has a good understanding of his strengths and how to use them on the pitch. He is a big striker measuring in at 6’4. However, he is also very mobile and moves into the channels when playing up front on his own. He has everything a striker needs to succeed in English football so seeing his in the Premier League will give everybody a chance to asses his potential more accurately. He has an eye for goal mixed with physical strength and speed.

For England fans and even more so for Chelsea fans will be interest in the success of Swansea this season. Abraham gaining top class experience is exciting for both. A successful season could see him fighting for a place in the Chelsea starting line up. It could lead to a move away from Stamford Bridge to bring his career regular football and stability. He has the potential to be a England regular and the move to Swansea is a good one for all parties involved. If Swansea are to have a good season they will be hoping Abraham fires them there and gets a buzz around the Welsh club once again.

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