Chelsea’s transfer ban, preventing them from signing new players for two windows, will provide opportunities to those who have been patiently waiting for a chance to shine. Tammy Abraham, who flourished on-loan at Aston Villa, is no exception.
Currently with England’s U21s ahead of their dead rubber clash against Croatia tonight, the 21-year-old forward has revealed the determination to finally break through and assert himself in the first-team picture ahead of the new season.
The Blues have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after being handed the punishment back in April, but as things stand, they are not allowed to make any signings for the next two windows – which may prove a blessing in disguise for some still at the club.
Abraham has been sent out on-loan over the past three seasons, twice in the Championship – flourishing for Bristol City and Villa while proving pivotal as the latter were promoted back to the top-flight last month.
His other spell, a mixed time with then-Premier League side Swansea in 17/18, was nonetheless a necessary experience to understand not everything will be straightforward in his professional career. Villa are eager to retain him on another loan deal and even though Wolves and others besides are eyeing a permanent deal, Chelsea was always his priority.
As quoted by the Daily Mail, he said: “That’s how all the young players are looking at it – there is a great chance for us, so we must get our heads down in training and go for it.”
Now or never for Chelsea’s promising talents
Gonzalo Higuain’s spell in west London was far from a successful one and he’ll be returning to Juventus this summer. That leaves Olivier Giroud, who wants more senior assurances, as their only recognised centre-forward, so it’s now or never for Tammy.
“I have already been talking to the club about pre-season. I’m going to have a couple weeks [break], then come back hitting the ground running. I really do feel I am ready for the Premier League – there is no better time for a young player at Chelsea, I’m going to give it my all. The transfer ban is not what the club wanted but for us [youngsters] it is exciting.”
There is an ever-increasing likelihood that the next man in charge of Chelsea will be legendary midfielder Frank Lampard, partnered by Jody Morris and a more senior role for development squad manager Joe Edwards.
Tammy has already been coached by Jody at youth level and although it’s not a forgone conclusion, it feels like everything is falling into place at the right time.
“If it was him [Lampard] to take over, it would be great. I believe in myself and there’s no better guy to play under as well: someone you have grown up watching, been at Chelsea forever. Jody coached me in the younger age groups – when you are where someone believes in you, you strive and achieve everything. I am just buzzing.”