Clement: Tammy will be here all season

19th October 2017
First team

Paul Clement has brushed aside talk of Tammy Abraham being recalled early from his loan spell at Swansea City.

And the Swans boss has backed Abraham to “go a long way” in his career if he maintains focus and works hard to improve.

Abraham has made a positive impression since joining the Swans on a season-long loan from Chelsea, netting five goals in his first 10 appearances for the club.

That form has prompted suggestions that Chelsea could look to take the 20-year-old back to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.

Clement has revealed that there is a clause in the Abraham deal allowing Chelsea to terminate the loan midway through the season.

However, he insists that will not happen because the clause is based on how much football Abraham plays for the Swans.

“There is a stipulation in place that says if Tammy does not play a certain proportion of our games, he can be recalled in January,” the Swans manager explained.

“That’s a normal thing when you have a player on a season-long loan – it’s to protect the player by making sure he gets enough game-time.

“But I brought Tammy here to play. As we stand, there’s no reason to think that he will not meet the required criteria (in terms of number of games played).

“He is well on course to do that. He will be here for a year.”

Abraham’s only Premier League experience before this season was a couple of brief substitute appearances at Chelsea at the back-end of the 2015-16 season.

But the London-born frontman has already proved he has the qualities to do well at the top level.

“Tammy has shown he is a good goalscorer,” Clement added, “and what you saw from him last week was a better all-round performance.

“He contributed to our build-up play and his contribution defensively was good too.

“We hope that progression will continue in all aspects of his game.

"He has shown at every level he has played at that he has the ability to score goals. This season is the biggest step he has made and it hasn’t been plain sailing – he has had some indifferent performances.

“But if he stays focused and he keeps working on the things that are not so strong in his game, he can go a long way.”