Steve Bruce comes up against Tammy Abraham this afternoon.
Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce has told Four Four Two that he always questioned whether Tammy Abraham would get his chance with Chelsea – but is delighted he’s now starring.
Abraham, 22, got no closer to the Chelsea first team after a mixed loan spell at Swansea City, and Chelsea chose to loan him out again last year as they sent him to Aston Villa.
The 6ft 3in striker smashed 26 goals in 40 games last season, helping Villa win promotion back to the Premier League before returning to Stamford Bridge.
With Chelsea having a transfer ban, they weren’t able to go out and sign a new striker, and have instead put their faith in Abraham to lead the line under Frank Lampard.
So far, the decision looks great. In eight Premier League appearances this season, Abraham has hit eight goals, whilst he’s also notched once in the Champions League.
Abraham was called up to the England squad over the international break, and looks to be on course for a huge season having finally earned his opportunity with Chelsea.
Today, Abraham and Chelsea take on Newcastle United, meaning the striker faces his former Villa boss Bruce, who snapped him up just over a year ago.
Bruce has now offered his view, suggesting that he always questioned whether the striker would actually get a chance with the Blues, but feels it’s ‘good for everybody’ that a young English player is starring ater playing in the second tier last season.
“I had Tammy and the big thing with Tammy was, ‘would he ever get the chance?’ He’s got the chance now and within eight weeks, he’s got into the England squad after playing in the Championship last year,” said Bruce. “It’s good for everybody.”