Tammy Abraham has signed for Swansea City on loan for the upcoming 2017/18 season, and I for one am pretty excited to see what he has in his locker.
Despite being just 19-years-old, this is a player beyond his years and can definitely contribute to the Swans’ first-team next term.
I watched him closely at Bristol City last year and he was by far the stand out man for an otherwise underwhelming team. I’d struggle to see if the Robins would have stayed up without the 26 goals he produced at Ashton Gate in 2016/17.
He has a natural intelligence in the box, his movement worries the living daylights out of defenders and he can finish. The young Englishman has the making of a top-class Premier League striker.
This goes without saying that Fernando Llorente should still be the Swans’ first-choice striker next season. And keeping hold of the Spaniard will be crucial if the club are going to improve from the struggles of the previous campaign.
However, Abraham, as sub or even playing alongside Llorente will not be a bad option for Paul Clement.
Abraham is quick and can definitely be used in the last third of a game to punish tiring opposing defenders. His movement and eye for goal can be a huge benefit and will provide Swansea with a different outlet if things are going stale or they’re struggling to break through the opposition.
Also, as we know, the 4-4-2 diamond worked brilliantly for Clement at the tail end of last season; Llorente the more focal point in attack being used pretty much as a target man, with Jordan Ayew running off him and causing other problems.
If the Swans boss remains to use this system, I think Abraham could slot into the team in the Ayew mould. Perhaps if Ayew‘s injured or tiring in a game, Abraham could come in and slot alongside Llorente and make runs in behind and make a nuisance of himself and even score a few goals. He’s a real goal poacher too, so with the aerial prowess of Llorente and the instinct and positional intelligence of Abraham, it could even result in an exciting partnership.
Some people may say that ‘why are we bringing in another team’s player’ and ‘we should develop our own’, however in my opinion, Abraham is more than capable of helping Swansea City out here and now. Okay, he’s not proven in the Premier League, but after a lot of praise after his stint in Bristol, the forward has a point to prove in that he’s ready to step up to the big time and he’ll be looking to catch the eye of Antonio Conte and perhaps even Gareth Southgate if all goes well.
Abraham will be looking to use the Swans as a platform into the top-flight but I don’t really care, as the club will benefit if a player of his talent shows us what he’s capable of next season.
It’s a win-win situation. Abraham will develop at the Liberty Stadium, playing under a manager he knows and respects, learning his trade alongside a World Cup winning striker in Llorente, as well as playing in front of some great, ball-playing midfielders like Leon Britton, Tom Carroll, Roque Mesa and (hopefully) Gylfi Sigurdsson.
But as much as we’ll help Abraham, he can help us too. If his head’s switched on and he’s willing to learn and graft, I think he’ll be a good asset to the side next season. The youngster can give Clement an extra option in attack, he’ll inject the team with a lot of energy and I’m sure he’ll bag a decent amount of goals too. Whether he’ll be a great option from the bench or even if he comes into the starting XI if he plays to his potential, I’m pretty excited to see Abraham in a Swansea shirt.