Tammy Abraham has completed a season-long loan move to Swansea City after signing a new five-year contract with parent club Chelsea.
The 19-year-old forward spent the previous campaign at Bristol City, earning major plaudits for scoring 26 goals in 48 matches in all competitions.
Abraham represented England at the European Under-21 Championship in Poland, helping them reach the semi-finals before a penalty shoot-out defeat to eventual winners Germany.
His displays have earned a long-term deal with Premier League champions Chelsea, but he will spend the next 12 months in south Wales.
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Abraham, who has made two senior appearances for the Blues, will link up with his new team-mates during their pre-season tour of the United States.
The striker represents Swansea’s second signing of the off-season following goalkeeper Erwin Mulder’s arrival on a free transfer.
It’s a major coup for Swans boss Paul Clement, who was a coach at Chelsea while Abraham was learning his trade in the junior set-up, although they didn’t cross paths on a regular basis.
“I’m really excited,’’ declared Abraham. “I enjoyed my time at Bristol City last season, playing regular first-team football and scoring goals. Hopefully I can do the same at Swansea.
“I watched Swansea a lot last season when they played Chelsea and on TV. I know it was a difficult season for them at times, but you could see that they always try and play nice football.
“That was a major factor in me joining Swansea. When teams play good football, it tends to create chances for the striker. Then it’s up to me to get myself in good positions and hopefully score some goals.”
The 19-year-old also sought advice from Swans defender Alfie Mawson before committing to the move after the pair teamed up for England Under-21s’ semi-final exploits in the European Championships in Poland last month.
“Alfie is a great lad and told me a hell of a lot about Swansea,’’ he added. “He said it was a good club and a great place to get your head down, work hard and concentrate on your football. He said it would be a great move for my on-going development.’’
As of now, Abraham looks to be facing competition for minutes from Fernando Llorente, Borja Baston and Jordan Ayew, although the future of the pair of Spanish strikers remains shrouded in doubt. Llorente has been linked with a move to none other than Chelsea, while Baston looks set to join Malaga on loan.
Good luck to Tammy, here’s hoping he has an excellent season ahead and puts himself in a position to earn a place in Chelsea’s first team.