NFF ready to battle England over Chelsea teenage striker

By Ikenga Chronicles October 14, 2016

NFF ready to battle England over Chelsea teenage striker

Following the capture of Alex Iwobi from the hands of the England national team, the Nigeria Football Federation is set to snap Chelsea forward, Tammy Abraham, for the Super Eagles.

Abraham could become the next English prospect to wear the Green White Jersey.

Just like Arsenal’s 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.”

Araham 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.

On comparison with Man United forward, the coach said “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.”

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