Red-hot CHELSEA and ENGLAND striker TAMMY ABRAHAM chats to MATCH about his sizzling start to the season with The Blues and his England hopes!
TAMMY SAYS: “All of the young players were looking at this season as a great chance. Of course, the transfer ban was not what the club wanted, but it was exciting for me and the rest of the players. We knew we had to get our heads down and go for it. This year was the most important year for us – it was now or never!”
TAMMY SAYS: “I’ve always believed in myself and that Chelsea is where I would go through the ranks and do well. I’ve been at Chelsea since the age of six, and my dream has always been to break into the first team and be a key player for the club.”
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TAMMY SAYS: “You definitely have to put your own stamp on it. For me, it’s about being myself, working hard and trying to improve as much as I can. I’m not saying that I’m as strong a character as the likes of Didier Drogba, but I’ll just be myself and hopefully grow into the role and do well!”
TAMMY SAYS: “There’s no better guy to play under. He’s someone that I’ve grown up watching and who’s been at Chelsea forever! He knows about me, as well – I played against his team in the play-off final for Aston Villa last season, and I learnt a lot there!”
TAMMY SAYS: “I’m a bubbly character, and I like to show that on and off the pitch! I also like to make everyone feel positive. I like the vibe when everyone is confident and enjoying themselves around training – at Chelsea and for England. Sometimes people take the enjoyment away from football, but I just like to see everyone having fun!”
TAMMY SAYS: “When you look at the top strikers, players like Harry Kane and Aguero, they are ruthless. Every time they take a shot, people think they’re going to score – and I think that’s something I’ve got to put into my game too. I also understand that chances aren’t just going to fall for me – I have to create them myself and take them as regularly as anyone else!”
TAMMY SAYS: “I kind of set targets. I don’t want to give too much away, but if I can get near what I scored for Aston Villa last season, I will be more than happy! But the most important thing is the team. If I score goals and help the team, then I’ll be happy!”
TAMMY SAYS: “Gareth Southgate has given me my England caps, which is a massive thing for me, and always said that the opportunity was there to step up to the full England team. He’s not someone who hides away from bringing young players through – we know there’s a chance if we do well!”
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TAMMY SAYS: “I look at him and I see a fantastic striker. He’s got it all. When he gets the ball, everyone gets off their seat. I look up to him, highly. I’d like to add certain things to my game and learn from him, and I hope to continue to be in the same squad as him for England. I believe he’s one of the best strikers in the world, and I aspire to be on that level!”