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INTERVIEW | Timmy Abraham: “There are some things I've taken from Tammy's game"

12 August 2021

Timmy Abraham says he has modelled parts of his game around his older brother's, but wants to make his own headlines at Newport County AFC after scoring his first goal of the season against Ipswich Town in the Carabao Cup first round.

An instinctive finish from the forward inside the fourth minute at Portman Road sealed the Exiles’ place in the second round of the competition.

It ensured County will have the opportunity to add to their lengthy list of giant killings after being drawn against Premier League side Southampton at Rodney Parade in the second round.

Abraham says he has been paying close attention to older brother Tammy - a Chelsea and England star - since his early years and has been looking to incorporate parts of his game into his own style, which he demonstrated in front of the travelling County supporters in Suffolk.

“I've been watching him [Tammy] ever since I was young, so I've always looked at him as someone I want to emulate in a way and also make my own path as well. It's good to have someone like that alongside you and wanting the best for your career.

“I feel like there are some things I've taken from his game and some things that I feel I have tried to obviously blend into my own style of play."

The tight-knit brothers from London have stayed in touch ever since the beginning of their footballing journeys and Abraham says they are always on the lookout out for each other.

“He speaks to me pretty much every day about what it takes and where I should be in the box and just things like that. We always give each other feedback on how we think we performed in a game.”

The former Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle loanee believes County is the place where he can really thrive and make a name for himself in Sky Bet League Two.

And with one goal already under his belt, manager Michael Flynn will have to make a tough choice to make for his frontline against Mansfield Town on Saturday.

“The gaffer has told me what he wants from me and he believes in me and the team so that gives you extra confidence and I thought that this is the time to really kick on," he added.

“I'm just about getting used to it [the travelling], but as long as we’re confident at home, away or wherever we play, we’ll always back ourselves to do well so the distance is not a problem."

He continued: “I’m still obviously getting to know the lads and in training I feel like I know them better every day. But I’m looking forward to the day when we fully click to see what we can do.

“I enjoy playing anywhere in a front three as long as I can either score or assist to help the team. On the wing or up front, I feel I can do a job in either position.” 


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