Former Chelsea Academy kid who never made it to the first team, Jeremie Boga has has disclosed Tammy Abraham has been a goalscorer since Academy days.
Just days after Barcelona star confessed his admiration for Tammy Abraham, former Academy teammate has disclosed he isn’t surprised Tammy plays so well in Chelsea first squad.
According to the Sassuolo player, he has known Abraham since childhood as they are from same ’97 generation and also did train together in the Chelsea Academy.
But unfortunately for Boga, he was a victim of multiple loan deals off the shores of Stamford Bridge and never got a chance to play in the first team until he was finally sold to Sassuolo in 2018.
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Similar thing occurred to Tammy Abraham but luckily for Abraham, he was loaned to Aston Villa during Frank Lampard’s era as Derby County manager and watching Tammy score multiple goals foretold the potentials of the 22-year-old on Lampard’s Chelsea squad.
“For those who do not know him, it’s impressive what he does,” Jeremie Boga said.
“I’ve known him since we were little, we are of the same generation 97 in Chelsea. I know his potential.
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“He has always been a scorer, scoring 20/25 goals per season in all categories of youth. So what he does today does not surprise me. I am very happy for him.”
The 22-year-old featured in Sassuolo 2-2 draw against Juventus during the weekend and netted the first goal of his side but unfortunately Cristano Ronaldo had both sides split the points.
Despite being an exceptional performer in the game, Boga shared that he has always had bitter experience playing against Cristano Ronaldo, right from the Laliga days.
“I already played against him, in Santiago Bernabeu, we had a 5-0 [scoreline] with Granada.
“Eight goals in two games is heavy. When people talk to me about Cristano Ronaldo, it’s inevitably a painful memory that comes to mind,” Boga told Foot Mercato.
“Players like him, like Messi, since a kid I watched them play. I try to learn through their games, their efficiency, their dribbling.
“I’m lucky to see them play, many players would like to be in my shoes. Lionel Messi, Eden Hazard and Hatem Ben Arfa are the three players I prefer, they are different.”
Boca hasn’t written off the chances of returning to Stamford Bridge despite not being able to get his name into the big list while still with the Blues as a kid.
“It’s true that it’s a shame. After that I have no regrets. Everything in its time. It certainly was not the time for me to play Chelsea,” he continued.
“I always keep it in a corner of my head. If I continue to do what I do, work hard, maybe I’ll go back one day.”
Tammy Abraham as Chelsea top 9 choice gives Boga a sign he could return while Lampard is still manager considering the English man’s ideology when it comes to young players.