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Next Up - Bristol City & West Brom (Published in Sheffield Wednesday's Matchday Programme)

Updated: Mar 27, 2020


BRISTOL CITY 17/03, 7:45PM Currently pushing for an England spot and being sorely missed from the Chelsea side, Tammy Abraham first made his name at Ashton Gate. After making only two appearances for the Chelsea first team, Abraham was loaned to Bristol City for the 2016/17 season. He exploded on to the Championship scene with 26 goals in all competitions whilst still just a teenager. In September of that campaign, Abraham scored twice against Wednesday, although he ultimately ended up on the losing side. He scored a further two goals during the same month which saw the striker named Championship Player of the Month. He was also awarded the EFL Young Player of the Month gong. His excellent form continued in the New Year as he again scored against the Owls in January. The 2-2 draw saw Abraham break the record of former Fulham striker Moussa Dembélé for the most goals netted by a teenager since the beginning of the Championship era. Abraham ended the season with 23 league goals to his name, second only to Chris Wood of Leeds as City completed the campaign in 17th position, which was enough to avoid relegation. His pedigree throughout the season was integral to Bristol City maintaining Championship status and earned Abraham the title of the Robins' Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and leading scorer. In doing so, he became the first ever player to earn all three accolades in the same season. The following term he became a full England international while on loan at Swansea and in 2018/19 helped Aston Villa return to the Premier League by netting 25 league goals. WEST BROMWICH ALBION 21/03, 3:00PM Youssouf Mulumbu worked his way through the Paris Saint Germain youth system, making his first team debut in 2006. After four years at the club, Mulumbu moved to England with West Brom. It was initially on a trial basis that he joined the Baggies in 2009 before completing a January move. It was agreed as a loan with a view to buy for the Congolese midfielder. Mulumbu was initially blighted by injuries which seriously hampered his adaptation to English football. In his half season with the club, West Brom were still convinced to complete a permanent deal for Mulumbu and he was signed for £175,000 in July 2009. The following season he gained many plaudits for his performances. Mulumbu made 46 appearances in all competitions and illustrated how much of a key part he was of the team that gained promotion to the Premier League. Mulumbu's outstanding season culminated in the midfield man being awarded West Brom's Player of the Year by both the club and the fans. He was also further rewarded with a contract extension until 2016. Mulumbu went on to play an integral part in the Baggies' Premier League journey as he represented the club for five seasons in England's top division. He left the Hawthorns in 2016 for Norwich where he spent two seasons before retiring having joined Kilmarnock in Scotland with over 200 appearances under the belt. Peter Jones @PeterKennyJones


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