Chelsea look like they’ve got one serious talent on their hands in the shape of 18-year-old striker Tammy Abraham.
Already a regular for their Under-21 side, the tall, powerful centre forward started in England Under-19s’ 5-1 win over Japan yesterday.
And he stole the show while playing alongside some more experienced company in West Ham kid Reece Oxford, Manchester City’s £12million summer signing Patrick Roberts, Tottenham talent Josh Onomah and Arsenal wideman Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who is currently starring on loan at Ipswich.
Onomah and Roberts both got on the scoresheet while Arsenal youngster Dan Crowley added the other goal.
But it was Abraham who showed all the power in leading the line and poise in front of goal which should get Chelsea fans excited that they have a homegrown heir to Didier Drogba and Diego Costa:
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He was, however, unable to get his hat-trick in the friendly clash after seeing his first-half penalty saved by the Japan goalie.
Abraham – born and bred in London – has a contract with the club until 2019 and strong showings like this must make it difficult for Jose Mourinho to ignore pushing him on into the first team.
As for England, their confident 5-1 thrashing of Japan also bodes well for the future with several young stars impressing.