Chelsea goal machine Tammy Abraham is loving life in a man’s world on loan at Bristol City, in an interview with the Daily Mail.
“I was on the floor at Sheffield and someone kicked me in the back as they ran past. I got angry but my team-mates calmed me down. That doesn’t happen in U23,” he said.
“You just have to think that you will get chances, you will score goals — stay relaxed. Stay in the game and show them what you are made of by scoring.”
He has certainly managed to do that. His form has given Chelsea fans hope that their academy can finally produce a new generation of homegrown heroes.
There is competition. Abraham is one of the famous 38, who Chelsea have out on loan. Abraham confirms the rumour that those players have a group on social media platform WhatsApp to share messages. I ask if that means his phone is constantly pinging with updates.
‘I don’t mind it!’ he says. ‘It’s always nice to see how other people are doing. It’s like a big family. When I score everyone congratulates me and vice versa. There’s a bit of banter and it’s a good feeling to have that support.’
A lot of that support comes from John Terry, who had a spell on loan at Nottingham Forest at the turn of the century before becoming a Chelsea legend.
Camberwell-born Abraham’s form at youth level, where he scored 74 goals in 98 games, attracted plenty of summer suitors, but a visit to his house by manager Lee Johnson swung it the way of ambitious Bristol City.
‘The gaffer got mine and my parents’ trust from there,’ says Abraham, who has made two substitute appearances for Chelsea. ‘It was more of a family decision. We sat at the kitchen table and he outlined what I could expect. He told me that it’s a young side that can push for promotion and if I keep working hard I will get games.’
TAMMY ABRAHAM’S RECORD AT BRISTOL CITY