Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham has spoken about how much he’s had to improve with the challenge of playing on loan in the Championship with Bristol City this season.
The 19-year-old striker has been in hugely prolific form since leaving the Blues for a season-long switch to Ashton Gate, netting 21 times in all competitions.
Abraham also made history by becoming the first teenager to score 16 goals or more in the Championship, and he told Chelsea’s official website he was proud of the achievement.
Conte has tended to be more open than previous Chelsea managers to giving youth a chance, and the England Under-21 international has previously said that has given him encouragement.
And having made history with Bristol City, Abraham has made a point of saying how much of a step up he’s made this season.
‘Scoring goals is what I love doing and to break a record gives me extra confidence when I go out onto the pitch and enables me to embrace my love for the game,’ he said.
‘There’s a massive difference (from youth football) because you’re coming up against players who are bigger, stronger and faster than you so you have to try to find the weakness of your opponent and exploit that.
‘It’s more about your mentality and looking after yourself.’
Speaking about Abraham in October, Conte said: ‘He’s the future for Chelsea, for sure.’