Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has insisted that he wants to kick on after the club’s mini break from fixtures in February.
The Blues don’t return to action until 17 February at home to Manchester United in the Premier League and the kickstarts a crucial run of fixtures.
They have three consecutive home matches at Stamford Bridge coming up next with league games against United and Tottenham, as well as the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie with Bayern Munich.
Abraham has admitted he’s been fairly pleased with his first full season as a Chelsea first teamer, but wants to push on moving forward in the second half of the campaign.
The 22-year-old has taken the role as the first-choice centre-forward and has 15 goals in 32 games across all competitions this campaign for the Blues.
But the England international has only netted twice in his last nine games and does appear to have gone a little stale in the final third.
“I can’t complain. It’s been a great season for me so far. I would like to push on. There are massive games coming up, in the Champions League also,” Abraham said, as quoted by the club’s official website.
“Playing for a club like Chelsea there is always going to be pressure. For me it’s about being in the right place at the right time, and believing in myself and my abilities. I’m sure I will score a few more. I like the pressure.”
Abraham has obviously had a significant drop off in terms of his goalscoring form, but a two-week break now is ideal for him and it gives him time to rest.
It’s no surprise that he may physically be feeling the demands of leading the line on a weekly basis for Chelsea and fans need to remember he’s aged just 22.
He’s shown his qualities away from the club out on loan in the past, but the stakes have been raised for him this year and he’s now performing at a top level.