It’s been a testing year for young Tammy Abraham, to say the least. After a wildly prolific debut season on loan at Bristol City in the Championship, he made the logical step up last summer and chose to join Swansea City on loan ahead of the likes of Newcastle United and Brighton. Surprisingly, Swansea were at the greatest risk of relegation of the bunch, until Carlos Carvalhal began to steady the ship in the winter.
It’s been all sorts of up-and-down for the 20-year-old, who has cut a lone figure up front more often than not when handed a start. Despite that and his obvious growing pains in the big time, Tammy remains the Swans’ second-highest goalscorer with 8 goals in all competitions, to Jordan Ayew who has 10.
Before today, however, Tammy hadn’t scored in the league since October and last found the back of the net twice during the 8-1 drubbing of Notts County in February’s FA Cup Replay. A suspended Jordan Ayew and injured Wilfried Bony meant Tammy, who was denied spectacularly by David de Gea on two occasions in his last appearance, lead the line for Swansea versus West Brom at the Hawthorns, today.
He didn’t turn in his best display in a Swansea shirt, with his first-touch found lacking on a fair few occasions but turned in a typically enterprising shift and most importantly, scored Swansea’s equalising goal, which helped them take a point away from the game. Tammy managed to hold off his marker, Jake Livermore, and turn in Sam Clucas’ corner with a fine headed finish in the 74th minute of the game.
Hopefully he’ll be able to kick on from here and finish the season strongly.