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Raith take Abraham on loan

Fulham striker Timmy Abraham has joined Raith Rovers for the remainder of the season on loan.

The 20 year-old made just appearances at League One Plymouth Argyle earlier this season before his loan spell at Home Park was terminated early and a move to Scotland is seen as an opportunity to gain further first-team football. Abraham, the brother of Chelsea and England striker Tammy, spent the second half of last season with Bristol Rovers, again making four appearances and not scoring a goal.

He has scored four goals in 23 appearances for Fulham’s under 23s and netted twelve times in 36 games for the under-18 side after moving from Charlton Athletic. Abraham has made just one appearance for Colin Omogbehin and Mark Pembridge’s outfit this term and will be hoping to add firepower to Raith’s push for promotion from the Scottish Championship. Rovers are currently in fourth place, two points behind Dundee, with a game in hand. Those two sides face each other at Stark’s Park tomorrow afternoon.

Abraham joins Bristol Rovers on loan

Fulham have loaned striker Timmy Abraham to Bristol Rovers on a deal which will run to the end of the League One season.

The 19-year-old, the brother of Chelsea striker Tammy, is yet to make his first team debut but has been a regular in the Under-23 side.

Abraham had been a long-term Rovers target and the club continued to pursue a deal despite a change in management.

Boss Ben Garner said: “This is an opportunity to experience League football. Timmy is a player that was identified by the club prior to my arrival and a deal has been in motion for a long time. He offers different attributes to what we have and the potential to develop as a player.”

Abraham signs professional contract with Fulham

Timmy Abraham has today turned professional with Fulham by signing a two-year contract at Craven Cottage.

The talented striker, who is the younger brother of Chelsea forward Tammy, joined the Whites in the summer from Charlton Athletic. Abraham has scored twice in ten league appearances for Fulham’s under 18 outfit and the Whites moved quickly to offer professional terms to the promising forward before his scholarship ended in 2019.

Abraham told Fulham’s official website:

It’s a very good feeling. Every young player wants to get this point where they become a professional. I hope to achieve much more – and that is just the start of many more things to come.

The striker said one of the main attractions of staying with Fulham was that Slavisa Jokanovic has handed senior opportunities to young players.

I’ve settled in well. It’s a great family club with a good philosophy so hopefully I can keep going. I try to be the best I can in every game and I just want to focus on going forward. For everybody here it’s very encouraging to see others in the academy getting opportunities because you know there is a chance if you do well.

Abraham sinks Fulham at the death

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A poacher’s goal from Tammy Abraham sent Bristol City through to the fourth round of the EFL Cup for the first time since 1989 on another frustrating night for Fulham at Craven Cottage. Slavisa Jokanovic’s side dominated the first half but contrived to concede an equaliser just before the break and will rue squandering a second-half penalty as a youthful second-string slipped to a disappointing defeat.

Lee Johnson’s side deserve all the plaudits, however, for keeping themselves afloat in the face of an early Fulham onslaught, taking their only chance of the first period and adjusting after the break with a tactical change and timely substitution. In the second half, City were the more composed side in possession, not frightened to take the game to their hosts – and gradually put Fulham on the back foot. Irish winger Callum O’Dowda became increasingly influential down the left but Aaron Wilbraham missed a pair of gilt-edged chances before Abraham, introduced as a substitute, continued his sensational goalscoring run to send the Robins through.

It was understandable that City needed some team to gel after Johnson made nine changes from the side that had drawn with Derby at the weekend, but Fulham were the quickest out of the blocks. Jokanovic had included the likes of Dennis Adeniran and Tayo Edun again in midfield, but it was a more experienced debutant who made a significant impact in front of goal. On-loan Chelsea forward Lucas Piazon opened the scoring with a magnificent diving header from a floated Woodrow cross – even more impressive when the ball looked to be behind him.

Woodrow, preferred to Matt Smith and Chris Martin up front, looked eager to make the most of his opportunity to lead the line. He nearly doubled the lead with a replica of his free-kick at Leyton Orient, blasting just wide from 35 yards out, but should have punished some casual play from Will Pack when released by Edun, only to shoot straight at the excellent Ivan Lucic when sent through on goal. That miss was to prove costly.

The Robins, hitherto outplayed, found an equaliser from their first real attack just before half-time. A surging run from O’Dowda took the former Oxford man to the edge of the Fulham box and a clever pass put Wilbraham in the clear. The evergreen ex-Tranmere forward kept his cool in front of goal, advancing on Jesse Joronen and lifting the finish over the onrushing Finnish goalkeeper to level the tie.

The pattern appeared set to repeat itself in the second period when Fulham were given a glorious lead to re-take the lead. England under-20 skipper Taylor Moore’s only mistake of the evening was to send Woodrow tumbling in the box, but the former Lens defender was rescued by Lucic’s excellent save from the spot. Woodrow was perhaps fooled by the goalkeeper leaving a lot of space to his right – but the City custodian’s full-length drive and parry was still excellent. The home side wouldn’t get a better chance all night.

That setback seemed to subdue Fulham – and Woodrow in particular – whilst galvanising the visitors. They should have been in front long before Abrahams’ late intervention but Wilbraham’s calm head in front of goal had now deserted him. First, Pack’s low ball offered him a clear sight of the net from eight yards but he somehow managed to send his finish embarrassingly wide and then, just three minutes later, the veteran dragged an O’Dowda cross past the post when he seemed easier to score.

Fulham offered only flashes in the final third during the second period. Their two best openings came from crosses by the full-backs. Makeshift right back and captain for the night Ryan Tunnicliffe delivered a dangerous centre that whistled right across goal, whilst Scott Malone’s exasperation when nobody gambled to meet a cut back to the six-yard line said it all. Three white yards, including Woodrow, were stationed in the box but failed to get into a position to convert the chance. There was no such hesitancy at the other end.

Abraham, introduced to add a bit of potency to Bristol City’s attacks, was already asking plenty of questions of the Fulham back line. He dragged Michael Madl all over the pitch with his pace and clever movement and he saved the best until last. O’Dowda was again the provider – a low ball towards the near post – and the teenage forward on loan from Chelsea broke Fulham hearts with an instinctive finish under Joronen to register his ninth goal in eleven games. The Whites have been warned – because on this evidence Abraham could punish them once again come Saturday.

FULHAM (4-4-1-1): Joronen; Tunnicliffe, Malone, Madl, Ream; Johansen, Adeniran, Christensen (Kebano 85), Edun (de la Torre 79); Piazon; Woodrow. Subs (not used): Bettinelli, Sessegnon, Sigurdsson, Jozabed, Smith.

BOOKED: Joronen.

GOAL: Piazon (14).

BRISTOL CITY (4-4-2): Lucic; Matthews (Little 45), Golbourne, Flint, Moore; Brownhill, Pack, Freeman, O’Dowda; Wilbraham (Reid 69), Engvall (Abraham 62). Subs (not used): O’Donnell, Ekstrand, O’Neil, Tomlin.

BOOKED: Pack, Moore.

GOALS: Wilbraham (45), Abraham (90).

REFEREE: Andy Davies (Hampshire).

ATTENDANCE: 6,017.