Tammy Abraham undecided on Brighton and Newcastle

Date published: Monday 12th June 2017 2:02

England Under-21 striker Tammy Abraham is yet to decide whether he wants to go out on loan, seek a permanent move or stay at Chelsea next season.

Abraham became hot property as he scored 23 goals in the Championship for Bristol City and is a loan target for newly promoted sides Newcastle and Brighton.

“I’m not sure what I’m doing next season, if I’m coming back, going elsewhere on loan or staying at Chelsea,” said Abraham ahead of the Under-21 European Championship.

“I haven’t decided yet. You have to stay open and things may come at different times but I have to dream big and that’s what I’m going to be doing.”

Without Marcus Rashford, who was selected for the seniors instead, the central striking berth is ready for Abraham to take ahead of Friday’s tournament opener against holders Sweden.

This time last year he had played just 53 minutes of senior football for Chelsea, but 6ft 3in frontman Abraham could be charged with leading the line for Aidy Boothroyd’s England side this month.

It has been a season of progress, on the pitch if not in the kitchen, and Abraham is ready for a starring summer role after maturing.

“I’ve enjoyed living by myself in the past nine months. I was used to my mum’s cooking before – although my cooking is still rubbish,” he told Press Association Sport.

“When I first came to Bristol, knowing it was Championship football, playing against experienced men, I knew it would be tough.

“You’d be hard pressed to find players as tall as me at academy level but that all changed when I came here.

“I had to adapt some parts of my game. I feel like I’ve learnt so much. You see how much winning and losing games matters.

“The club has given me my first chance to express myself and show what I can do. For a team to have that belief in me is amazing.

“I wouldn’t say it’s been better than I’d been expected but scoring goals is always what I’ve loved doing. I had the right mindset as well.”

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