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Tammy Abraham relishing challenge of non-youth football, sets sights on playoffs and goalscoring crown

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Tammy Abraham is clearly the man of the hour, and of the few undeniable bright spots of the Chelsea universe so far this season.  Double digits in goals already, Player of the Month award, under-21 call-up — just a few of the things already accomplished by the teenager in a little over a month.

He of course doesn't mind the attention.

"I don't mind it! It's always nice to see how other people are doing. [The Chelsea loanee WhatsApp group is] like a big family. When I score everyone congratulates me and vice versa. There's a bit of banter and it's a good feeling to have that support."

And he just keeps rolling with the punches, like against Leeds United, when he quite literally was punched, or against Sheffield Wednesday, when he was sneakily kicked in the back.  Welcome to the big leagues.

"I was on the floor at Sheffield and someone kicked me in the back as they ran past. I got angry but my team-mates calmed me down. That doesn't happen in Under 23."

"You just have to think that you will get chances, you will score goals — stay relaxed. Stay in the game and show them what you are made of by scoring."

In his interview in the Daily Mail, Tammy also talks about the loan advice he received from John Terry prior to heading out ("get that experience and enjoy it"), the support and trust he gets from Bristol City coach Lee Johnson (who, incidentally, is the same age as JT), and of course what the future may hold.

"I want to fight for the play-offs. It would be nice to be highest scorer in the Championship."

And how about Chelsea next summer?  With many around the club apparently already planning for yet another overhaul, maybe Abraham could stake his claim while still a teenager?

"Wherever it takes me, it takes me. If you are giving your all and it works out then yes, why not?"

-Tammy Abraham; source: Mail

It's easy to get carried away, but right now, everything's coming up Milhouse for young Tammy.  Long may that last.

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