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Johnson Hails 21-Goal Abraham

Lee Johnson has heaped praise on Tammy Abraham after the striker took his tally past 20 goals for the season on Saturday.

The on-loan Chelsea forward grabbed his 20th and 21st goals for the club in the 3-3 draw with Derby County – both close-range poacher’s finishes.

City’s head coach told Bristol City Player HD: “It’s an outstanding achievement for someone of his age to reach the 20-goal mark, especially with it being his first season in the Championship.

“I know Chelsea are very pleased with the way we’ve nurtured Tammy so far. We’re very pleased that Chelsea have entrusted us with that.

“So far Tammy is delivering. There’s still a good third of the season to go – and it’s the exciting third. This is where the boys turn to men. He’s certainly done that this year.

“We’re trying to improve his defensive play all the time because at Under-23 level and younger he hasn’t had to do an awful lot of that. We want to give him back to Chelsea a more rounded player.

“We provide Chelsea a very detailed monthly report, scrutinising every one of Tammy performances. There’s communication between the two clubs; they have a liaison officer who pops down to see Tammy every now and then, just like Brian Tinnion does for our young players.

“We want to make sure we nurture this link. Chelsea have a number of top young players and it will enhance our chances of getting access to those players in the future.”