Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has remarkably claimed that Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham would be his pick for Premier League player of the season so far.
The 22-year-old has started the season on fire for the Blues after being drafted into the first-team by manager Frank Lampard and he’s repaid his faith.
He had relatively small experience in the top-flight prior to this campaign, with just a couple of Chelsea appearances and also a loan spell with Swansea City.
But the centre-forward really showed his potential during loan spells with Bristol City and last season with Aston Villa.
Abraham scored 26 goals in 40 games across all competitions to help Villa earn promotion from the Championship and that has seen him back in the senior fold at Stamford Bridge.
He’s netted nine times in just 11 games across all competitions to establish himself as the first-choice Blues striker, with the experienced duo of Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi supporting him.
His eight league goals mean that he’s the joint-top scorer in the division alongside Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and he looks on course for a remarkable individual season.
“It has to be Tammy Abraham for me,” Nicholas told Sporting Life when asked the Premier League player of the season so far.
“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.”
Abraham will return to West London in great confidence after spending time with the senior England squad during the international break and he’s surely had time to pick the brain of Tottenham’s Harry Kane in training.
He’s one of several youngsters that are coming good for Lampard and the challenge is now to sustain that.
The physical striker will not always be in a purple patch of goalscoring form, but he’s shown enough to suggest he’s great at bringing others into play and has an excellent work-rate.