In the summer Tammy Abraham switched Chelsea for Roma in a £34million deal and his start to life in the Italian capital has given promising signs that he has made the right move. He’s started the season with a decent return of 2 goals and 2 assists in his first 7 games and under one of the world’s best managers in Jose Mourinho he can improve his game to become one of Europe’s top strikers.
At one point in his Chelsea career, it looked like the 23 year old could have made the number 9 shirt his own at Stamford Bridge. Coming off the back of a 26 goal season on loan at Aston Villa, the 2019/20 season was his breakthrough chance with Chelsea in need of a striker but hindered by a transfer ban. In that season he was Frank Lampard’s main man up top netting a solid 18 goals in all competitions including 15 in the Premier League as the Blues managed to get into the top 4.
However, in the following season it was not to be with Frank Lampard being sacked and replaced by Thomas Tuchel, Abraham was kicked to the curb as the German preferred his fellow compatriot Timo Werner. Since then it had looked like his Chelsea career was nearing an end with Tuchel leaving him out of the squad completely for the Champions League final. Then the final nail in the coffin was the signing of Romelu Lukaku for £97.5 million, so he needed to get away.
With his move to Roma Abraham could reinvigorate his England chances of making the Qatar 2022 World Cup squad. He is once again the main man up top for team which are looking to get back into the Champions League this season and if he is to break back into Gareth Southgate’s plans he needs to have an exceptional season as competition is stiff for the places up front with Ollie Watkins, Patrick Bamford, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Ivan Toney and Danny Ings all vying for a seat on the plane to Qatar. However, Abraham could be at an advantage working under Jose Mourinho who has worked with and got the best out of world class strikers in the past like Cristiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Diego Costa just to name a few.
Moving abroad it is becoming more and more common for young English players as they see that it is a chance for development and opportunities to experience first team football, the successes of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham have inspired more to follow in hope of breaking through into the elite level of European football.
So as long as Abraham can continue his good start to life in Italy, and keep on improving on his all round game, he has every chance of impressing Gareth Southgate and getting back into the England set up.