Teen striker has hit 26 goals on loan at the Championship side – earning him comparisons with the Spurs and England legend
CHELSEA have been told they would be nuts to let the new Gary Lineker go.
Teen strike sensation Tammy Abraham has hit 26 goals on loan at Bristol City from the Premier League leaders.
And his prowess in the box has led Robins owner Steve Lansdown to compare the 19-year-old to former Leicester, Everton, Tottenham and England poacher Lineker.
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Lansdown said: “Tammy is an incredible talent because he’s a towering 6ft 3in striker and yet he’s almost like Gary Lineker when it comes to scoring goals.
“Tammy doesn’t seem to score many from outside the box but he has an uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time to slot the ball home when it’s bouncing around in the penalty area.
“Gary Lineker always seemed to be there or thereabouts all the time and so does Tammy.
“He’s got an eye for an opening and that’s down to the fact that he’s clever. But he’s got a clinical side to his game, which is what marked out Gary Lineker.
“You can never budget for things like injuries but he’s got the ability to prosper in the Premier League — and hopefully for Chelsea, because that’s his ambition.
“I think he’ll do well in there because Tammy scores goals — and plenty of them.”
Abraham’s 23 league strikes have gone a long way to putting the Robins on the cusp of safety in their fight against relegation.
The fans are desperate for him to stay at Ashton Gate long-term — but Lansdown recognises the whizkid’s footballing education will take him elsewhere.
He said: “People are always asking me if Tammy will be back next year and I suspect Chelsea will have his career path carefully mapped out.
“And I doubt that will mean he’ll be in the Championship next season.
“I’d have thought he will be playing Premier League football. If not, we would love to have Tammy back, without any shadow of a doubt.
“If we could do that we’d jump at the chance but I won’t hold out too much hope that will happen.
“As a fan, I’ve really enjoyed the fact he’s been with us this year. He has been great to have around the club and I’ve loved watching him out there scoring those goals.
“Chelsea can attract the best strikers in the world so Tammy may have to bide his time.
“He’s got a great work ethic and attitude to football, so who knows what might happen. But I’m sure he’ll get a chance to prove himself.”
Robins go to promoted Brighton in today’s late kick-off, with club chief Lansdown hoping Abraham can end the season on a high.
And that means overhauling 25-goal Leeds striker Chris Wood at the top of the goal charts.
He added: “Tammy has been absolutely brilliant for us.
“Not only is Tammy a great player on the field, he’s a great person off the field as well.
“I really hope that he can end the season with a bang.
“I’d love it if Tammy could score the goals to win himself the Golden Boot for the Championship because he deserves it.
“But the way Tammy holds the ball up for us as well has been tremendous — and he’s turning into a top all-round player.
“He’s a real handful and that’s why last weekend I thought that the Barnsley players were just glad to get off the pitch because of Tammy.
“Chelsea have been monitoring him closely while he’s been with us and so they will have seen that he’s come on leaps and bounds.
“I hope that Chelsea will see that we have done a good job on Tammy and that they will look upon us favourably for some of their other young players going forward.”