Swansea have scored five Premier League goals this season. Tammy Abraham has scored four Premier League goals this season.
Paul Clement lost Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente in the summer window, and was in need of attacking reinforcement. A few arrived, including once Swansea hero, Wilfried Bony. Abraham was brought in early in the window, and was set to lead the line for the Welsh club on opening day.
His breakout season with Bristol City proved that Abraham was the real deal.
His youth football goal scoring record was remarkable, but that does not always convert into senior brilliance. Abraham turned heads in the Championship. Now he has become Swansea’s most important player in the matter of a couple of months.
Standing at 6 foot 3 inches, the Chelsea loanee is a focal point for the Swansea attack.
He has the upper body strength to hold off defenders, the pace to stretch defences with runs in behind – as he did regularly against Huddersfield last weekend – and a calm touch in front of goal that can prove the difference in the bottom-half of the Premier League.
Clement’s links to Chelsea no doubt helped in securing the loan of the Blues’ best prospect. Abraham could make a claim for a spot on the plane to the World Cup next summer if this form can continue.
It looked to be a mutually beneficial deal.
Chelsea’s side of it is no longer so positive.
Alvaro Morata has already suffered an injury, and will need to be rotated throughout the year. However, his understudy, Michy Batshuayi, remains out of favour with Antonio Conte.
Batshuayi’s movement in the final third leaves plenty to be desired, and his all-round game is still far short of Morata’s. The Belgian has not earnt the trust of Conte; perhaps rightly so given his abject display at Selhurst Park last weekend.
Conte may well be regretting letting Abraham go and retaining Batshauyi having seen their respective starts to the season. Chelsea’s record of loanees ‘making it’ at the club is regularly bemoaned, but Abraham has the best chance of any of the current group.
There are no doubt Chelsea fans wondering why Abraham is starring in white rather than blue this season.
One of Chelsea’s many mistakes from the summer of 2017 could prove the difference between safety and relegation for Swansea. Conte, meanwhile, must find a way to cope without burning out Morata.
Written by Sam Cox
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