He got his first Swans’ goal against MK Dons on Tuesday and opened his Premier League account four days later at Crystal Palace, Tammy Abraham is already looking the part at the Swans.
Fernando Llorente’s broken arm which he picked up over the Summer has come as something of a blessing in disguise to the young English forward, who would likely have had limited game time if the Spaniard was fit.
A deft finish past an outstretched Wayne Hennessy gave the Swans a 1-0 lead going in at half-time on Saturday, and I imagine it’ll be the first of more to come for the Chelsea loanee.
Twitter: BIG BIG WIN !! Nice to take 3 points back and over the moon with my first Premier league goal time for the international break. #jackarmy (@tammyabraham)
There aren’t many forwards of his age with a more well-rounded skillset than Tammy. Strong on the ball but quick on his feet, a fox in the box but equally capable of bringing others into the game.
Speaking after the 4-0 loss to Manchester United last week, Clement jumped to Abraham’s defence after a toothless attacking display. He said:
He is here to deliver. He knows that and I am sure it is a matter of time before he is scoring goals.
It’s that sort of backing from Clement that has allowed Abraham to really thrive in Llorente’s absence. He may only have the one Premier League goal to his name as of yet, but it’ll be a huge weight off his shoulders after a couple of squandered opportunities in previous games.
Abraham’s performances at Bristol City last year saw him being likened to Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, and the Ivorian was quick to congratulate him on his first Premier League goal:
Twitter: Great to see you opening ur account in a stadium where I scored my first @ChelseaFC @premierleague goal @tammyabraham #thatcelebrationtho (@didierdrogba)
Abraham will be hoping to keep his place in the team beyond the upcoming international break, with Fernando Llorente being strongly tipped to leave the club for Chelsea.
Twitter: @jackswan1411 No, but I fear Llorente is off. Hopefully I’m wrong. (@StuartJamesGNM)
Any deal for Llorente will likely be completed once the Swans’ move to bring Wilfried Bony back from Manchester City is completed.
With his qualities both on and off the ball becoming more evident by the week, you would hope for Abraham’s sake that Paul Clement would look to play him and Wilfried Bony up front together.
He may only be here for the season, but Tammy Abraham is certainly a player to keep an eye on as he develops over the coming years.