Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham receives touching birthday message from boyhood pal Dominic Solanke as he posts throwback image of them with former Blues hero Arjen Robben
- Tammy Abraham and Dominic Solanke joined Chelsea’s academy aged seven
- Pair formed a strong bond and incredible strike partnership in the youth ranks
- They once scored 82 goals between them – 41 apiece – in one season in the u18s
- The players, born one month apart, may have different clubs but are still close
Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has received a touching birthday greeting from his boyhood friend and one-time strike partner Dominic Solanke.
Abraham, who turns 23 today, joined the Chelsea academy at the same time as Solanke when they were both aged seven and they became best friends and a formidable strike force.
To mark his pal’s big day, Solanke posted on Instagram a childhood image of himself and Abraham, alongside the celebrated Chelsea winger, Arjen Robben, with the message: ‘@tammyabraham happy birthday brother’.
Robben starred for Chelsea from 2004, the year Abraham and Solanke joined the academy, and he left in 2007, having scored 19 goals in 106 appearances.
Dominic Solanke posted a touching message to mark his friend, Tammy Abraham’s birthday
Abraham and Solanke tore up defences as schoolboys, scholars and then young professionals for the Blues Under 8s right up to the U21s, when Solanke left Stamford Bridge and signed for Liverpool, aged 19.
While Solanke moved on to Bournemouth and plies his trade for the Cherries in the Championship, Abraham stuck with his boyhood club and is now right in the mix as one of their top strikers having scored 20 goals in 54 appearances.
But the erstwhile team-mates still have a strong bond and fond memories of their time together at the academy, particularly the season they fired Chelsea U18s to success in the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League in 2014/15.
Solanke and Abraham played together in the Chelsea youth ranks and also for England u21
Incredibly, the boys scored 41 goals apiece that season.
‘We have so many good memories together,’ Abraham told the Chelsea FC website last year.
‘It was me and Dom up front in that team. He was a goal ahead of me with one game left, against Norwich, and I remember the game so clearly. I desperately wanted to score that 41st goal to equal him and I only had eyes for goal that day.
‘Luckily, I got my goal and we ended the season level. Those are really good memories.’
As well as their Chelsea exploits, Solanke and Abraham represented England together as U21s.
The pals lined for England U21 in a European Championship qualifier against Scotland