Tammy Abraham dedicated the two honours he picked up at the London Football Awards on Thursday evening to the Chelsea Academy.
The 22-year-old was named both the capital city’s Premier League Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year at the annual Awards which are held in association with the Willow Foundation.
‘It just goes to show all the hard work I have been doing throughout the season has been paying off,’ Abraham said after collecting the trophies.
‘The Academy gave me a dream to chase ever since a young age. They kept me grounded.
‘I am sure they must be buzzing and everyone is excited,’ he added on the fact so many Academy graduates are now playing for the senior team.
The striker said the highlights of his season so far have been his late winning goal against Arsenal and his hat-trick at Wolves. He has been out of action with an ankle injury but hopes to have the chance to add to those standout moments in the near future.
‘Fingers crossed, that is the aim, I am not really a good watcher so hopefully I will be back soon.’
Looking further ahead to the summer and the prospect of making the England squad for the Euros, he said: ‘It would be a dream come true to me, growing up watching England as a young kid, but first I need to get back fit and do my thing at Chelsea to hopefully be picked for England.’
The London Football Awards took place at The Roundhouse in Camden, raising thousands for Willow – a national charity founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson.
Abraham scooped two awards for his performances over the past 12 months, the first player to collect both in one year, with the England international first helping Aston Villa to the Premier League via the play-offs before notching 15 goals so far this season following his return to the Blues.
Chelsea Chairman Bruce Buck presented the striker with the main award of the evening while former Blues defender Ashley Cole was in attendance to present the prize for the best player under-21 in London.
Both Chelsea Women manager Emma Hayes and Frank Lampard had been nominated in the Manager of the Year category, and Bethany England, Erin Cuthbert and Magda Eriksson were all nominated for the Women’s Player of the Year award. Those awards went to Brentford’s Thomas Frank and Arsenal’s Vivianne Miedema respectively.
Now in its sixth year, the London Football Awards is run in aid of Willow, the national charity set up by Bob Wilson and his wife Megs to support seriously ill 16- to 40-year-olds in fulfilling uplifting and unforgettable Special Days. The event celebrates the very best of London’s football and honours all aspects of the game.