Aston Villa loanee Tammy Abraham has spoken out about his return to the Championship, as reported by The Express & Star.
The forward joined Villa on a season-long loan from Chelsea on Deadline Day, having shone during his last stint in England’s second tier with Bristol City.
He is already off the mark after notching in Tuesday night’s victory over Rotherham United, but understands that he will face a lot of physical battles with defenders throughout the season:
“When defenders come out and they want a challenge, want to battle with me, fight with me, it gives me that drive.
“In the Championship it is never going to be an easy game, it is always going to be a fight. I think that will build me as a person as well, to get stronger.
“Defenders want to scrap because not everyone has the best technical ability. They use their strengths. I have to find a weakness in their game to use my strength.”
The 20-year-old was capped by the England senior team as recently as November 2017 but endured a difficult 2017/18 campaign, suffering relegation from the Premier League with Swansea City.
However, the youngster is confident that he can form a dangerous partnership with Jonathan Kodjia and find form during his time in the Midlands:
“It is nice to have a bit of chemistry (with Kodjia) from before, from the Bristol City days.
“Now we are here, we have to build that connection, not just me and him but the whole team. I think we will start flying. Knowing our ability, we have to start producing. Everyone expects us to produce. It is never easy, week in, week out.
“When it isn’t one of us, or we are having a bad day, hopefully the team can help us out.”
After a slow start to the campaign, the pressure was somewhat eased on under-fire Steve Bruce with two improved displays and Abraham was encouraged by the belief he saw during the draw with Blackburn Rovers:
“The spirit was always high. The lads were never down.
“I have had experiences before, with Swansea last season, when we lost games and heads went down.
“It was not like that here. We know what we have here. We believe if things don’t go our way, we will get it right next time.”
Abraham made a third appearance for the Villains on Saturday when Sheffield Wednesday provided the opposition – the Midlands side losing 2-1 on the day,