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Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke are both products of the Chelsea academy, and the duo both graduated from the academy at the same time.
Tammy Abraham and Solanke are both 22, but it was Solanke who first found his way into the Chelsea first team and Solanke was more rated than Abraham. In fact, Solanke made his Chelsea first-team debut in October 2014.
Solanke was seen as the crown jewel of Chelsea’s crop of youngsters coming through the ranks and he was the star of England’s Under-20 World Cup triumph in 2017, winning the Golden ball after scoring four goals.
Fast forward to 2019, and it’s Tammy Abraham who’s making the headlines, while Solanke who refused to sign a new contract with the club and left for Liverpool, is currently struggling for game time with Bournemouth.
Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has looked at the careers of both players and hailed the character strength of Tammy Abraham.
“Do you know what I love about him? When he was at Chelsea, scoring goals for fun, they had Dominic Solanke and everyone was in the house thought he was better than him,” Ferdinand said on BT Sports.
“He’s had to go out on loan, he’s had to go and prove himself at various clubs in the Championship, he’s had to show people ‘I’m made of the right stuff’.
“He’s come back and yes, he has been fortunate in the sense of the transfer ban but again, character. You can have all the ability in the world but if you don’t have the character, the nous to see a situation and say ‘I’m going to take that’.
“He’s doing that and he’s improving game by game, going strength to strength.”