Tammy Abraham continues to make great strides in his loan deal at Bristol City. Although his team are just 20th place in the Championship, with only 27 points earned in 27 matches, Abraham is still the league's third best goalscorer only behind Newcastle's Dwight Gayle and Leeds' Chris Wood.
More importantly, Abraham has recovered from the dip in his goalscoring form — one that was not entirely unexpected, as far as the Chelsea loanee staff were concerned — and is now back on track with 6 goals in his last 8 league games (all losses for Bristol unfortunately). His ridiculous hot streak of 10 goals in his first 13 games was never going to be sustainable, but he’s continued to work hard and stay motivated to recover from the inevitable downturn.
And even though Abraham is spending his time on England's south west and far away from the City of London, he still gets support from Chelsea and his teammates at Cobham. One of those players is John Terry, as the captain himself is also a Chelsea Academy product who has always been highly involved with our youth ranks.
Abraham's performances have caught the eye of Antonio Conte, too, with the Chelsea head coach even going as far as to anoint him as a sure part of 'the future for Chelsea'. The 19-year-old’s motivated to live up to such high praise.
"It motivates me to hear good things from a top coach, the coach of Chelsea first team to say that about someone. It's really going to get me to work hard whenever I'm out there on the pitch."
-Tammy Abraham; Source: Daily Mirror
Conte’s not the only one to inspire Abraham while away on loan. Chelsea captain John Terry, famous for his involvement at just about every level of the club, is doing his best to keep the kid’s confidence at the proper level as well.
"John Terry is a massive role model to so many youngsters and obviously he loves the academy. He's always interacting with it, and he's always talking to me as well."
"I think that's what I need really, because he'll send me a message saying 'get yourself back on the score sheet' or even if your not scoring, to work on your overall game and give 100 per cent every time you're out there."
"It gives me confidence to know that he is there to support you."
The future looks bright for Abraham, although he might have to suffer the harsh reality of relegation first with his current loan club. But in a few years, he just might be leading Chelsea to trophies.