Tammy Abraham talks Premier League and reasons to visit London
Flora Neighbour talks to the 20-year-old star about his time on loan at Swansea City, his Chinese supporters and his love of London…
Congratulations on your 8-1 win against Notts County Football Club.
How are you feeling?
It’s a really good feeling. It’s great to be back out there scoring goals and winning.
It’s a fantastic way to start the year. How has 2018 be for you so far?
I can’t complain. I did have an injury that set me back a little, but, now I’m back on the pitch, I’m feeling good again and raring to go.
Great! What have you got on the cards for the rest of the year?
Good question. I will endeavour to do my best with the remaining games I have here at Swansea City – I’m on loan here from Chelsea FC for the season. I want to score a few more goals and then hopefully I’ll be playing for England in the World Cup.
How does Swansea City differ from Chelsea FC?
It’s a difficult one. The clubs are very different. With Chelsea, I grew up in that environment, so it feels more like home when I play there. However, Swansea is becoming more like home and I feel more relaxed playing here with the team every day. It’s all about feeling comfortable with your team mates.
How do you feel the two cities differ?
They’re completely different. Swansea, and the rest of Wales, is far more peaceful and I get time to contemplate here as it’s not as busy as London. Swansea is definitely a place where you can get your head down and just relax. London is bustling and has so much going on. It’s where I’m from, so I will always love it.
You grew up in London. Where do you call home?
I grew up in South London in Camberwell, and then at the age of 16 I moved to the outskirts in Surrey, which was the perfect base to play for Chelsea.
If you had 24 hours in London, what’s the first thing you would do?
Most probably go shopping on Oxford Street. I don’t often get the chance and I love shopping. I would head to Selfridges, it’s my favourite department store in the heart of London. Oh, and I would also go to Nike Town and get kitted out.
Swansea City became the first premier league club to wear a special commemorative shirt celebrating Chinese New Year sponsored shirt sponsor by LeTou. Have you been learning about Chinese traditions off the back of this?
Yes, we tried out the local cuisine and had to guess where the food came from. That was really fun. I did, however, get them all wrong, but it was fun to learn about a different culture and try new foods.
Do you have a Chinese fan base?
Definitely. I had a lot of supporters at Chelsea as the team is big in China, and they have followed my career and supported me ever since, which is fantastic. The new Swansea shirt really is a great way of showing my appreciation. I’m really thankful to all my supporters.
Let’s talk international football now. What’s the toughest thing about playing for England?
Being from the UK and Nigeria, choosing which team I played for was probably the toughest decision I had to make. It was hard deciding between the country I’m from and the country I call home. I chose England because I was born and raised in the country and it has more opportunities for me.
What do you love about the UK?
The weather. No, I don’t know, it’s what I’m used to and it is home. It’s a fantastic country and the people are great. I’m really lucky to live here and be from the capital. There’s so many different things to do and see and it’s all on my doorstep.
If you could live anywhere in the UK where would you live?
It would have to be London – it really has everything. But, if I had to choose anywhere else, I would move to Birmingham. It’s just like London, but condensed. It’s got everything you need, from sports to shopping. Birmingham even has its own Selfridges, which is great for me!
If you weren’t a footballer, what would you have liked to have been?
I’ve always wanted to be a footballer, but if I wasn’t I would’ve liked to have been a singer. I’ve got a fairly good voice!
Do I see an album on the cards?
Ha! I hope not, I hope not. Football is for me.