Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham believes his loan spell with Aston Villa could be key as he tries to break into the first team at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues’ striker signed a new five-year deal last year, before joining Swansea City on loan for the whole of the campaign.
This year he is back in the Sky Bet Championship with Aston Villa, desperate to showcase what he is all about.
Abraham was part of England’s under-21s squad that secured a place in next year’s European Championships last night with a 7-0 demolition of Andorra at the Proact Stadium.
Speaking about his hopes for the future, Abraham said: “A club like Chelsea is always a difficult place to break in with the quality and money they have. They’re always going to be able to afford new players but that gives you that confidence to go out and improve and show yourself.
“If it’s not at Chelsea, you’ve got to do like what I have and get out, get some games and keep improving to get that quality that is needed. “
Abraham has already managed three goals in six appearances since signing on a season-long loan at Villa Park in August.
In his last full campaign in the second tier, he scored 23 goals in 41 league appearances for Bristol City. Despite that feat, Abraham refused to set himself a goal target for this campaign.
“I think for me if I touch anything near what I did at Bristol (City) I’ll be very happy,” he said.
“I’m someone that always aims high and if I can get there or beat it I’ll be very pleased with myself.”
Aidy Boothroyd’s under-21s side needed just one point ahead of that fixture to seal a spot at next summer’s competition in Italy and San Marino.
However, Boothroyd’s young side produced a seven-goal demolition to confirm a seventh consecutive appearance at the competitions.
Abraham said: “It’s a massive achievement for us. Me obviously being involved in last year’s one, I know what a great tournament it is and how big it is to actually qualify.
“The boys were professional and we know we’re a good side. These kind of games are sometimes tricky as well but we found their weakness and used it to our strengths and that’s why we scored so many goals.”
When Abraham returns to Villa Park, he will be greeted by a new man in charge, after the club appointed Dean Smith as their manager, following the departure of Steve Bruce.
Despite Villa languishing in 15th place in the Championship, they are only four points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday.
With 34 league games still to play this season, Abraham still has his mind set on promotion.
“I’m very excited, obviously. I was throwing a little bit of banter with Ezri (Konsa), as it’s his old manager but I’m excited to hit the ground running and get started as soon as I get back.
“My main aim is to hopefully do the best I can and by God’s grace we get promoted,” he added.
Abraham will be hoping to feature when the Young Lions face Scotland on Tuesday night at Tynecastle in their final qualification match in Group 4.
By Elliott Jackson