Bristol City have signed teenage striker Tammy Abraham on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea.
The England Under-19 international, who has made two first-team appearances for the Premier League club, will go straight into the City squad for their opening game of the Championship campaign at home to Wigan on Saturday.
City head coach Lee Johnson said: “Tammy is a top-class player who I believe has a very bright future in the game.
“We’re delighted that all of the club’s hard work has paid off. He’s one we’ve been chasing for a long time and we’ve remained patient to get this deal over the line in time for the new season.
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“We’re very grateful to Chelsea and (manager) Antonio Conte for allowing one of England’s bright young talents to join us and we’re now able to give him the chance to showcase himself in the Championship.”
Abraham joined Chelsea aged eight and after progressing through the ranks played a key role in the club’s UEFA Youth League and FA Youth Cup successes in 2015 and 2016.
He was promoted to the first-team set-up at the end of last season by interim boss Guus Hiddink following 74 goals in 98 matches for Chelsea’s various youth teams.
The 18-year-old made his senior debut as a substitute in a 1-1 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League on May 11th, following it up a week later with another appearance against Leicester at Stamford Bridge.