Steps Up: Tammy Abraham
feature Thu 9 Mar 2017
The latest subject of our feature focusing on players developing out on loan is a striker who is enjoying a prolific maiden campaign in the Championship.
Tammy Abraham has been an integral part of a Bristol City side who are in the heat of a tight contest in the lower part of the league table, with the young forward starting matches and scoring plenty of goals – 21 to date - since moving to Ashton Gate back in August. He is expected to return from a short injury for their crucial game against Wigan this weekend.
We start our conversation by taking the 19-year-old back to the early part of the season...
By the end of September you had already scored 10 goals, as well as winning the PFA Fans’ Championship Player of the Month and EFL Young Player of the Month awards. What was the key to you settling so quickly?
Being involved with the first team at Chelsea during the summer gave me a lot of confidence going into the season and I just knew that I had to do a job at Bristol City, which was to go there and perform, and that’s what I’ve been doing.
You recently became the highest scoring teenager in Championship history with 16 goals.
It’s a massive achievement for me. Scoring goals is what I love doing and to break a record gives me extra confidence when I go out onto the pitch and enables me to embrace my love for the game.
How does the Championship compare to what you’ve experienced previously in Academy football and the Premier League?
There’s a massive difference because you’re coming up against players who are bigger, stronger and faster than you so you have to try to find the weakness of your opponent and exploit that. It’s more about your mentality and looking after yourself. There is always another game just a few days away so if things don’t go well there is always an opportunity to redeem yourself. It’s all about how you prepare yourself going into matches.
In which ways has your game developed and improved at Bristol City?
I’ve improved different aspects of my game. As I said before, there are so many matches so it’s important to prepare your body correctly for each game. Getting enough sleep and putting the right food into your body is important, it’s a different challenge for me but it’s one I’m enjoying.
Manager Lee Johnson has been very complimentary about your impact on the side, how have you found working under him?
It’s been great. For him to see potential in me and bring me to Bristol City means I have a good relationship with him. He’s a nice guy and a good coach for me. Every time I go out on to the pitch he just tells me to do the best I can.
Off the pitch, how have you found living in a new city?
It’s very nice and the fans made me feel welcome as soon as I arrived. It’s a big club with great supporters and a nice city to live in.
Back in October you made your full debut for England Under-21s and scored twice.
It was a great feeling for me. To score two goals on my full debut was brilliant and I think it was the confidence from playing week in, week out at Bristol which helped me going into that game. Scoring goals is what I love doing.
What are your targets between now and the end of the season?
Right now we’re going through a difficult time so my main target is to help the team get out of the relegation battle we’re in. Hopefully I can score as many goals as I can in order to keep them up.