Following a record-breaking debut season on loan at Bristol City in the Championship, Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham will have plenty of suitors come summer, who will all be vying to snap up the 19-year-old either on loan or permanently.
In his debut season at Bristol City, Abraham managed to score 26 times in all competitions, with 23 of his goals coming in the league. In doing so, Abraham broke former Fulham striker Moussa Dembélé’s record of 16 for the most scored by a teenager in the Championship. As well as this, Abraham picked up Bristol City’s Player of the Year award and Young Player of the Year award.
Coming off the back of a very successful and impressive season, Abraham is likely to have more than a few offers in the summer, and with that in mind, Chelsea must think carefully about where they send the budding goalscorer.
Unlike most of the world’s top clubs, Chelsea have a unique loan system, which has yielded varying results in recent years. Whilst a few of the many players Chelsea have out on loan have turned a tasty profit for the club, the majority have failed to find much fortune from the method.
In the hope of making Abraham the exception and not the rule, Chelsea must ensure that they pick the right club to send the striker to, assuming that they do not wish to sell him and that he’s unlikely to make it into the first team setup just yet.
In order to help Abraham reach the next level, Chelsea must send him to a Premier League club and they must guarantee that he will get the game time necessary to progress. Considering this, Chelsea’s best options may be some of the promoted clubs.
Next season Newcastle, Brighton and one of Fulham, Reading, Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday will be playing the Premier League. In order to tick all of the above boxes, Chelsea’s best hope may be to send Abraham to Brighton, where he would certainly play, or to hope that Fulham are promoted.
In Brighton, Abraham would be backed by a more than equipped team and he would be given the game time that Chelsea will insist on. In Fulham, Chelsea could keep the striker close to home, playing regularly and in a good team with a lot of young talent.
Whilst there is that local rivalry with Fulham, the Cottagers would be a good bet to help Abraham progress further.
Recent reports have already linked the striker with a loan move to Brighton, and others have stated that Everton and Leicester City are interested. Along with Abraham, Brighton are also rumoured to be eyeing up Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who could also do with a loan move to a Premier League club that will give him some decent game time.
If these reports are to be believed, Chelsea would be foolish not to jump at the chance to see these two very talented young players get plenty of game time in the Premier League.