Our view: Tammy Abraham has what it takes to be England's number nine
Tammy Abraham has already exceeded all expectations this season. The 22-year-old has scored 15 goals for Chelsea and is now regarded as one of the Premier League’s deadliest strikers. He has also made four appearances for the senior England side, but does he have what it takes to lead the line while Harry Kane is sidelined?
According to the BBC, Mourinho is unsure when Kane will return following a hamstring injury. He could miss the European Championships this summer, which would leave England’s striker spot wide open.
Several English strikers have been on fire this season, but Abraham may be the best fit for Southgate. Similarly to Kane, he is a strong and powerful striker who is good with his feet and in the air. Also, the former Villa forward links play very well and can drop deep to bring others into play.
This is something that Kane has done brilliantly for England in recent times and Southgate will need to replace it. Chelsea’s number nine has also provided five assists this season, which could prove vital in an England side that has goalscorers all over the pitch.
Raheem Sterling and Jadon Sancho will play in the wide positions. They will need to play alongside a striker that brings them into the game further up the pitch, and Abraham can certainly do that.
His clever movement creates space for those around him and if he does not find himself in a goalscoring position, one of the other forwards will often be there. Although he cannot match Kane’s leadership qualities and experience, Abraham will provide a more than able back-up for the England captain while he remains sidelined.