When Nigeria announced that it was close to securing the services of Chelsea FC of England forward Tammy Abraham, it did not leave the social media without a buzz.
The football federation website reported that it’s President Amaju Pinnick met with the tall striker, who has represented England at junior level but he is eligible to wear the green-white-green for the Super Eagles having never played for the Three Lions.
Did I just say Super Eagles? Yes! The lad is being “grabbed” by his fatherland before England would reason to get a hold of him for the senior national side which in itself is not a bad idea. Without mincing words, it will definitely be a bad idea to have the lad called up for the Super Eagles at this stage. The boy need to grow some more and establish himself.
Yes Tammy is a talented player who needs some more time to develop, more reasons why Chelsea sent him out on loan to Bristol City, a championship side, and now he plays for Swansea where he can grow. Aerially, Tammy would be an advantage to any side, plus he also knows how to keep the ball at his feet.
Full name Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham, Tammy scored 23 goals while playing for for Bristol City last season on loan from Chelsea FC, and is presently playing for Swansea City in the English Premiership, again on loan from Chelsea. He has scored a goal for Swansea City this season.
Born 2nd October 1997, Tammy is 1.90m tall, and is said to have immense respect for fellow Chelsea FC man Victor Moses, who also played for England at junior level before committing his senior international career to Nigeria.
Moses himself has proved a worthwhile ‘catch’ for Nigeria, emerging the Super Eagles’ most valuable player in his first tournament – the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations that Nigeria won in South Africa – and playing at the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals in Brazil where the Eagles made the Round of 16.
Asides Victor Moses, Alex Iwobi is another lad who’s glad to feature for his fatherland, and this did not come without proving his mettle for his club Arsenal football club where he earns his pay in England. Iwobi played for Arsenal in the Premier League and has gained some experience at top level which he brings to play when called up for the Super Eagles.
Tammy Abraham clearly needs some more time to also garner top level experience with Swansea where he currently Plies his trade in the premiership. This would definitely mean some justice to the lad playing on the home front in the Nigeria Professional Football League where talents can also be drawn from to feature for the senior national team even if some believe they need technical bites.
Going by the NFF’s report, it is clear that the bait to have Tammy Abraham is next year’s FIFA world cup in Russia which he will not get with the Three Lions. Is Tammy really the sort of player Nigeria needs to prosecute her world cup dream?
Despite the efforts being made by Nigeria, Abraham issued a statement that remains committed to England, he said: “Contrary to reports in the media today I would like to clarify that I have not agreed to switch my national team allegiance.”
“I can confirm I met the President of the NFF after our last game against Tottenham at Wembley on Saturday given he is a friend of my father.
“However, any suggestion that I have made a decision to change my international representation is incorrect and wide of the mark.
“I have informed The FA that I remain available for selection for England.”