Chelsea and England striker Tammy Abraham has been commenting on his loan spells away from Stamford Bridge after an excellent start to the new season.
Abraham has scored nine goals in 11 games for Chelsea this season and has been recalled into the England set-up for upcoming international fixtures.
He spent last season on loan at Aston Villa, where he thrived in the club’s promotion campaign. Abraham scored 26 goals in 42 games for Dean Smith’s side.
Previously, he had spent a mixed spell on loan at Swansea City, which started with a bang but ended in Premier League relegation and another successful loan spell in the Championship with Bristol City.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Abraham admitted those loan spells helped shape his career and he started to ‘enjoy football’ again at Aston Villa.
“I’ve had other experiences when I’ve gone out on loan again — back into the Championship, which wasn’t ideal for me at the time but brought a lot of positives.
“Going back into the war zone, as they call it, I got to toughen up. Although I didn’t score as many goals at Swansea as I would have liked to, I got to enjoy football again and started scoring at Villa and then had a great end to the season.
“I’ve always believed in myself, it’s still early. I’ve got to keep on trying to help the team.”
There is no doubt that Abraham’s time at Villa Park has helped make him a far better player. Now, under the management of Frank Lampard, he is finally getting a chance to showcase his talents with Chelsea and no Aston Villa fan will begrudge him any success with his current club right now.
If Abraham can have an impact for England this week, there will be plenty at Aston Villa taking pride in the fact they played a role in his recent rise.