Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham has set a lofty goal target for himself in the Championship this season.
The Chelsea loanee has been a vital source of goals for the Villains in this campaign, finding the net 19 times in 23 league games, putting him on course to better Peter Withe’s total of 21 in 1980/81, the last time a player broke the 20-goal barrier for the club.
At just 21 years of age, Abraham says he’s aiming to not just beat the amount of goals he accrued while on loan at Bristol City three seasons ago, but to smash the 30 goal barrier while he’s at it.
“At the beginning, I told myself if I got anywhere near what I achieved at Bristol City then I’d be happy,” Abraham avfc.co.uk.
“I’m close now – I’d be over the moon to smash that record. I just have to keep believing and getting in the right areas.
“I told myself I had to catch up with the top goalscorers. They were a fair few in front in mid-September.
“There’s been a few emotional ones in there. The Birmingham City one in particular – that was my favourite even though it was a penalty.
“It felt so good in my first derby game. In a full stadium. At that stage of the game it was an important goal, as well as a fantastic feeling.”
The former Swansea striker’s form means he also hold’s the club’s record for most goals per game of any player to feature at Villa Park, scoring every 1.2 matches.
“As for the best goal ratio for Aston Villa, that’s indescribable – I can’t put that into words.
“Clearly I’m doing something right. The players around me are helping a lot with that, too. I’ve just got to keep going.
“I don’t set myself a limit – I just keep striving for more. I’d love to smash the 20-mark this week and get close to 30 come the end of the season.”