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Tammy Abraham - My main target is to be in that Chelsea squad.

Tammy Abraham has declared that his main goal is to break into the first team at Chelsea after he won his first England call-up this w...


Tammy Abraham has declared that his main goal is to break into the first team at Chelsea after he won his first England call-up this week. Abraham has been leading the line with aplomb during his loan spell at Swansea and has notched four goals in 10 appearances. His form caught the eye of England boss Gareth Southgate and he has been rewarded with inclusion in the England squad for the games against Germany and Brazil. If he continues his upward march, the likes of Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi could be looking nervously over their shoulders.

Morata bagged the winner against Man Utd at the weekend and earned redemption after a six-game goal drought. During that period Chelsea tumbled down the table, but they are now back up to fourth and will need Morata to perform a lot more consistently if they are to make up a nine point gap on runaway leaders Man City, who swept Arsenal aside at the weekend. Meanwhile, Batshuayi has been a bit-part player during his time at Stamford Bridge, despite arriving for a fee of £33 million. He has shown flashes of brilliance, such as scoring the goal that won the Premiership last season, hitting the winner against Atletico this campaign and bagging a hat-trick against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. But his spell at Chelsea has been blighted by inconsistency and Antonio Conte was furious with his poor showing in the Blues’ shock defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace last month. He is 24 now and cannot remain inconsistent. If he does he will be out as Chelsea are ruthless with even slightly under-performing players.

Breaking into the first teams setup at Chelsea is a notoriously difficult task and there have been very few graduates from the youth academy during Roman Abramovic’s reign. In fact, not a single youth player has gone on to nail down a place in the starting 11 (John Terry was already well established by the time Abramovich arrived) so the odds are massively against him. Even the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne, brought to the club as youngsters, could not make the cut and had to move elsewhere. How Chelsea fans must wish their club had shown more patience with youth as Lukaku and De Bruyne are now two of the best players in the league.

However, Roman Abramovich wants the club to start developing world class players, so Abraham may well get his chance, alongside the likes of Ruben Loftus-Cheek – another Chelsea loanee that made the England squad. “My main focus is Swansea but pushing on, my main target is to be in that Chelsea squad,” said Abraham. "It's not going to be easy, you look at the players that are there, but you have to keep pushing and keep working as hard as you can. I want to show the world what I'm truly made of.”


That is fighting talk and Abraham will gain invaluable experience at Swansea this season as Paul Clement’s men battle doggedly against relegation. The Swans are 19th in the table and look in trouble as they have scored just seven times in 11 games. The one glimmer of hope for them is provided by Abraham, who has netted more than half of their goals total and always looks their main threat. He is very sharp in front of goal, with great movement, quick feet and instinctive feel for where the goal is. Abraham is 9/4 to score at any time against Germany, behind only Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy in the list of England players most likely to grab a goal. Make sure to check 5dimes before placing action on the game, but that looks a good bet as he is going from strength to strength and should receive far better service than he does at Swansea.

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