Chelsea striker and Premier League scoring leader Tammy Abraham has left the door open to joining up with the Nigeria national team, leaving England insecure over his future.
Gareth Southgate will be sweating on losing the player he called up in November 2017, but has still only played in friendly matches, which leaves Abraham the option to switch national teams allegiances.
The 21-year-old was born in London but he qualifies for the Super Eagles through paternal lineage. The Premier League’s joint-top scorer left the door open to Nigeria after he stole headlines with a hat-trick in a 5-2 win away to Wolves.
Chelsea’s 11 league goals have all come from homegrown players like Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori also got on the scoresheet in the midlands.
The trio walked off the pitch arm-in-arm on Saturday as Abraham held onto the match ball after he became the youngest Chelsea player to score a hat-trick. However, the homegrown star’s Chelsea dream may not have come to fruition as he nearly moved to Wolves in January after the Blues accepted a £25 million ($31m) offer.
Abraham is grateful for the interest Wolves showed but is glad he has remained in west London to see the new manager Frank Lampard offer him a chance.
Chelsea will quickly turn their focus to their return to the Champions League as they welcome Valencia to Stamford Bridge. After showing he is capable of scoring in the Premier League, Abraham is keen to do it on the European stage for the first time in his career.