Swansea coach Clement urged to start Abraham

Swansea coach Clement urged to start Abraham
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by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Sep 25, 2017. 10:30

Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham, who is eligible to represent Nigeria through his father, reminds Scottish legend Charlie Nicholas of Togo captain Emmanuel Adebayor.

The England youth international was introduced in the second-half as Swansea lost 2-1 to Watford FC in an English Premier League match on Saturday and he scored for his side.

Nicholas has since urged Swansea coach Paul Clement to start Abraham, who recently stated that he will not be switching his allegiance to England.

"As soon as Abraham came on the game changed, in terms of movement and pace, even (Wilfried) Bony looked livelier, (Jordan) Ayew was the same," Nicholas told Sky Sports News.

"It was just a much more positive feel, the crowd got behind them. Abraham scores the goal - there was a little bit of good fortune in it.

"He reminds me a little of (Emmanuel) Adebayor actually, the way that he glides over the ground, that tall, long stride that he's got. He just tapped (the rebound) in, off he went, and you thought 'give him the service, let him run the channels now'. But it never quite worked out," he continued.

"In the end, it is two shocking mistakes again. Roque Mesa gives the ball away cheaply, and all of a sudden, Richarlison is running one-on-one with Mawson.

"The Watford player over-hits the ball and the defender must come through him and clear him out. It is a must-win situation where he must clear him out, physically he is in control of it," Nicholas added.

"He goes with his right foot, it is the softest challenge you have ever seen from a centre-back. He skips by him, and nips it under the underside of the bar. It was a lovely finish, but it was a punishing exercise for the mistakes the home team made.

"He (Britton) is a stats man. Economy, just keep the flow going, nothing dramatic, no Hollywood passes. They played three in midfield with Clucas, (Leroy) Fer and (Tom) Carroll," the former Celtic FC and Arsenal FC striker stressed.

"Carroll was good at set-pieces, Fer was probably their best player in my opinion, but Clucas got taken off at half-time, maybe he needs time to settle in.

"This balance just doesn't look right for me, the shape doesn't look right for me, and he must start Abraham up front."

Abraham is on a season-long loan deal at Swansea from Chelsea.

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