Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham has hinted that he may have to leave Stamford Bridge in the future in order to achieve his ambitions in the game.
The 19-year-old has been in excellent form during his loan spell with Bristol City so far this season, scoring 12 goals in all competitions and impressing all concerned with his performances.
However, he has already begun to think about life after this season, and has questioned whether or not he’ll ultimately get the chance at Chelsea to prove his worth and play in the Premier League regularly.
With Diego Costa rediscovering his best form this season under Antonio Conte, even summer signing Michy Batshuayi has struggled for playing time, and so Abraham’s concerns do have solid grounds as he offered an ambiguous response as to which team he would be with in the future.
“In three years I want to be playing at the top level, at whichever team I’m at. I just want to be one of the best in the Premier League, scoring goals,” he said, as reported by Squawka.
“I’m not too surprised with how it’s gone this season because I know my ability and I’m confident in what I can do. Scoring goals is what I love and it gives me that confidence every time I hit the net.
“I knew what I was going out on loan for when the deal was agreed (with Bristol City) and I had to get into the right mentality.
“I’m playing men’s football now and just needed to adapt to the situation. Luckily I’ve been doing that. I’ve been performing on the pitch, and giving my all.”
Conte will be aware of the talent that he has on his hands in Abraham, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he will have the opportunities that he craves at Stamford Bridge.
The likes of Ola Aina, Nathaniel Chalobah and Ruben Loftus-Cheek have all been involved with the first-team so far this season, but none of them have been able to crack the starting line-up.
Chelsea have been criticised in the past for not giving youth enough of a chance and instead have shipped countless young individuals out on loan instead.
Unless there is a drastic change to their strategy in the coming year or so, then Abraham may well be right to leave the door open for a different Premier League club to swoop who are willing to give him his chance to shine.