By Graham Hill
TAMMY Abraham says being at Aston Villa this season has restored his self confidence.
The on-loan Chelsea striker has hit 21 League goals for Villa – the first to get past the 20 mark since Peter Withe in the club’s title winning campaign of 1981.
Now he has set his sights on winning the Championship’s Golden Boot.
His next target is 25 – which has not been done in the league by a Villa player since Andy Gray 42 years ago.
Abraham has gone through – by his own high standards – a barren spell after three games without finding the net.
But he says he is ready for the run-in to the end of the season which could see Villa make a late bid for promotion.
Abraham was speaking to reporters while on international duty with England Under-21s, he said: “For me being selfish I want to go for that Golden Boot and for Aston Villa I’d like to say promotion.
“It’s about not taking our foot off the gas.
“Some people may look at this international break as a breaking point, but for us we just needed a break.”
And he says playing at Villa for Dean Smith – with ex-Chelsea skipper John Terry on the coaching staff – has given his career a boost after a difficult spell on loan at Swansea last season.
Abraham added: “I’ve always been a confident player.
“I’ve always believed in myself. Scoring goals is what I love doing and my team Aston Villa is doing well so it’s all good.
“Being at a place where it’s difficult to score goals, lack of chances created and all sorts. It’s always hard, you start doubting yourself.
“But when you go to a team that creates lots of chances, it’s much better.”