NFF goes after Chelsea teenage striker

tammy abraham

Chelsea forward, Tammy Abraham, could become the next English prospect to play for the Super Eagles following in the footsteps of Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi.

Abraham, 19, has impressed on loan with Championship side Bristol City this term, scoring 11 goals in 14 games.

The Camberwell-born youngster made his full England Under-21 debut against Bosnia- Herzegovina on Monday, scoring twice in a 5-0 win.

But Abraham, who has also represented England Under-18 and Under-19s, remains eligible to represent Nigeria at senior level, through his father, and has previously been sounded out over the possibility of switching sides.

NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, has spoken of his friendship with Abraham’s father, and is confident that the African nation could persuade Abraham to emulate Iwobi, in a new era for the Eagles.

“Tammy is like a son to me,” said Pinnick.

“His dad is my childhood friend, we grew up in Warri. We speak quite often.

“When we are ready, I am sure the Nigerian Football Federation will not have any problem in securing his release.”

Abraham has made two senior appearances for Chelsea and is already being compared to Manchester United’s Marcus Rashford.

“He is a good finisher, has a really good, enthusiastic, optimistic outlook on life,” said Aidy Boothroyd, England’s U-21 coach.

“He wants to play every minute and is not only a goalscorer but he can score in different positions, with his head and his feet.

“They (Abraham and Marcus Rashford) are different. Marcus can play down the middle or on the left or the right, while Tammy is more of an out and out centre forward.”