Charlie Nicholas has named Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham as his player of the season so far, and likened the striker’s style to that of former Arsenal and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor.
The Sky Sports pundit said that the 22-year-old is the man who has caught his eye the most this season, with teammate Mason Mount and Leicester City’s James Maddison also impressing Nicholas.
But Abraham, who leads the Premier League’s scoring charts alongside Sergio Aguero with eight goals from the first eight games, received a special mention from the ex-Arsenal man.
Naming his player of the season so far for Sporting Life, he said: “It has to be Tammy Abraham for me. I did not see his goals coming as regularly as what they are.
“I see a young Emmanuel Adebayor in him, with his long stretching legs but amazing ability to finish.
“After a game or two, people said he would never make it at Chelsea. I liked what I saw when he was on loan at Aston Villa, so he is the player that has caught my eye the most. Mason Mount and James Maddison are close, but it has been a breathtaking start to the season for Abraham.”
You can see why Abraham has been held in such high regard, with the striker scoring his eight goals within six league games after back-to-back blanks at the start of the campaign.
His hat-trick at Wolves is arguably a highlight, but also perhaps is his ability to finish off half-chances such as at Southampton in his last Premier League game, when he improbably lofted the ball over Angus Gunn – and the goal-line – to give Chelsea the lead.
As for comparisons to Adebayor, one hopes that Abraham goes on to emulate his 24-goal haul in the league for Arsenal back in 2007/08 – rather than joining Manchester City, scoring against Chelsea and rubbing it in to the fans in celebration.
Having looked to have made a seamless transition from Championship to Premier League football, there’s certainly a case for Abraham being one of the season’s best players, having rocketed to the top of the scoring charts after the first few months.
And at just 22, he could yet have a very bright future indeed, based on the start at Chelsea which has rightfully impressed Nicholas to such a degree.
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