Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham has played his 48th and final match for Bristol City earlier today, and while he did not manage to add to his club-leading 26 goals in all competitions total, he did collect two awards as he was named both Young Player of the Year and Player of the Year.
Tammy Abraham wins Bristol City's Young Player and Player of the Year awards. Hell of a season pic.twitter.com/L0SNTE3FGd— Ted Knutson (@mixedknuts) May 7, 2017
Speaking ahead of the game, a 1-0 loss to Birmingham City that confirmed Bristol City’s 17th place finish, Abraham thanked the club for giving him the opportunities to show his talent to a wider audience than just those who watch the Chelsea youth teams.
“It’s been an amazing season for me and Bristol City will always hold a special place in my heart now.”
“This club has given me my first chance to express myself and show what I can do. I don’t know what the future holds, so this weekend I’ll say goodbye to the fans. They’ve been brilliant to me; they’ve made me feel like family.”
“I’ve enjoyed living by myself in the past nine months. I was used to my mum’s cooking before – my cooking is still rubbish!”
“It’s my dream to go as far as I can in my career. I’ll keep working hard – this is just the start.”
“When I first came here, knowing it was Championship football, playing against experienced men, I knew it would be tough. You’d be hard pressed to find players as tall as me at Academy level but that all changed when I came here. I had to adapt some parts of my game. I feel like I’ve learnt so much here. You see how much winning and losing games matters.”
“We’re showing everyone where we should be now on the back of this good run and now the club needs to take that into the start of next season.”
-Tammy Abraham; source: Bristol City FC
The love was certainly mutual from the Robins, who posted this lovely video of Tammy’s last full day at the club.
Where Tammy may land next season is unknown. He’s set to get at least a look-in from Antonio Conte in pre-season, but important decisions will have to be made to ensure the 19-year-old continues progressing as promisingly as he has so far.