Chelsea teenager Tammy Abraham is keen to stay at the club and fight for a first-team role rather than head out on loan next season.
Abraham, who has scored 67 goals for the Blues’ back-to-back UEFA Youth League-winning youngsters over the past two campaigns, made his senior debut as a 75th-minute substitute in the 1-1 draw against Liverpool at Anfield.
That he did so against the Merseysiders during a meaningless (for his club) end of season fixture conjured parallels with fellow prospect Ruben Loftus-Cheek’s league bow a season earlier.
On the surface of it, the mere 786 minutes of football afforded to Loftus-Cheek over the course of 2015/16 may seem to serve as an illustration of the benefits of a loan move.
However, the travails of previous Chelsea tyros sent away to learn their trades at senior level are an argument against that conventional wisdom.
Bertrand Traore, who shone brightly at Vitesse in 2014/15 scoring 13 times, is arguably the finest example of a Blues product using a temporary switch as a platform to the first team in the Roman Abramovich era.
Despite finding himself among the goals, he was still afforded a mere 460 minutes across all competitions this term.
Interviewed in the wake of his debut, Abraham discussed the educational benefits of training every day with world-class players, something those, such as Patrick Bamford, who have enjoyed successful loans away, have missed out on.
Bamford struck 48 goals in 114 games across all competitions in various loan spells at Football League clubs, but has been ineffectual in the Premier League for Crystal Palace then Norwich in spite of that this season.
Loftus-Cheek himself was quoted only today discussing how he has needed time to adapt to the physical rigours of top-flight football, but also said that ‘the more games I get the better I feel physically’.
Based on the limited inroads the Blues’ loanees have made on the first team, Abraham is arguably right to be lobbying to be training alongside him next term.