Tammy Abraham was far from being a well-known name in English football at the start of the season but the teenager has rapidly set about addressing that by bagging seven goals so far in 2016-17.

Bristol City sit sixth in the Championship thanks in no small part to the teenager’s eye-catching impact in their opening ten games.

The forward, who does not turn 19 until the weekend, has also just been awarded the PFA fans player of the month for the country’s second tier.

There is no doubt that if he continues his current stunning form, Abraham will become the hottest of properties in the domestic game but unsurprisingly, one of the nation’s big clubs are well ahead of the pack.

Chelsea already hold the striker’s registration and the imposing 6ft 3ins teen is in Bristol on a one-season loan basis.

The key decision now for Chelsea is how they can help the player make the transition from promising raw talent to Stamford Bridge superstar, without repeating the mistakes of the past.

There has never been any issue with the scouting network at Chelsea, with the club annually recruiting some of Europe’s hottest talent.

Romelu Lukaku, for instance, was signed five years ago amid strong competition from Manchester United but despite two successful loan spells, got fed up waiting for a chance and moved on.

His value has since skyrocketed.

Kevin De Bruyne, currently one of the best players in the Premier League, was also on the books at Stamford Bridge before leaving in search of game time.

Even current Blues midfielder Nemanja Matic had to be signed twice – the second time as an established star, before becoming a regular.

Antonio Conte will no doubt be keeping up to date with the progress of his young forward but he must take the decision to bring him into the first-team fold next term.

It is not vital that Abraham makes the starting XI every week but it surely is that he feels he is progressing that way.

Marcus Rashford at Manchester United is an example of a player who, despite an explosion of goals, is making only steady progress towards becoming a first-choice forward.

Another man who would do well to carefully consider Abraham’s future is interim England manager Gareth Southgate.

The Bristol City loanee has been involved internationally with the under-19 team but through his parentage is also eligible to represent Nigeria until he earns a senior cap.


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