Bristol City loanee Tammy Abraham is one of England’s brightest attacking talents, taking the FL Championship by storm since temporarily moving from Chelsea for first team football, and is looking to break into Antonio Conte’s squad in the 2017/18 campaign.
Abraham is the 8th highest goal scorer in English football after scoring eight goals for City so far this season, but has been taking some time to look back at the past and his footballing upbringing at Chelsea’s academy aged just nine, including a touching story of his first ever meeting with Blues legend Didier Drogba.
Speaking to the Sun, Abraham said: “The first player I came across was Didier Drogba. I remember walking outside the academy and I was cold.
“He saw me outside and picked me up in his car and dropped me at the training ground. I was eight or nine.
“As soon as I got out the car I was looking for my team-mates to say, ‘That’s Drogba!’ but I didn’t see anyone!”
“That gave me an idea of how the players are off the pitch — being my idol and a funny, bubbly character you need those kind of players around you.
“He was asking who I was playing against. I could see he was someone who loved football, who loved scoring and winning. To see someone like that gives you the belief to try to be like them.”
However, had Abraham not been on the TV screens as a young football star, he may have been on it through acting, having spoken of his love for being on stage as a youngster at school, especially as the role of a bully.
“I’d say I was quite a good actor as well,” continued Abraham.
“I loved drama at school. That’s something, apart from football, that I really enjoyed doing. They would give us something and we had to create a scene.
“I remember a scene where a little boy got bullied. Obviously, I was the bully because I was a big guy!”