The 24-year-old English forward who would have been a third-choice striker under Thomas Tuchel after the arrival of Romelu Lukaku last season has been playing regularly since he arrived in Italy.
Recently, Tammy Abraham who has regained his place in England national team after moving to Roma, told reporters that one of the first things he learned from Jose Mourinho was not to always be a “nice player” on the pitch.
Abraham said: “I think one of the things he said was I was too much of a nice player and that you have to show that aggressiveness as you’re getting older as a striker.
“It’s not always about being nice on the pitch. You need that character, you need that presence to frighten defenders and I think that’s something I’m learning and getting better at.
“It’s always tough, moving and going to experience a different country and different culture.
“I felt the sooner I settled in the better and started learning different types of football and different styles. I’ve gone to spread my wings and hopefully, I can keep up the level of performance I need to stay in the team.
“Of course (the World Cup) was in the back of my mind but really I just wanted to play football. For me, it’s still a young career and I just felt I needed to go out and play some games to improve and hit the highest levels, and hopefully, I can keep striving on.”
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The advice Tammy Abraham received from Jose Mourinho has helped the England international to play 17 games in all competitions for Roma. In those games, the English striker has been able to score 5 goals and provided 2 assists.
Unfortunately for him, Abraham and his Roma team have been suffering a dip in form. The decline in form has gotten so bad that Tammy Abraham has managed to score just a goal in his last 8 games.
The Italian side that started the 2021-2022 season in flying colors are also struggling to win games. It has gotten so bad that Roma dropped from the first spot on the Italian Serie A table. They are currently sitting on the 6th spot with 19 points in 12 games, 13 points away from first-placed Napoli.
The drop in form of his club has not stopped Abraham from being invited to the national team. On November 12, 2021, he came in as a second-half substitute for Harry Kane in England’s 5-0 win over Albania.
Abraham is expected to play a part in England’s last 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification match which is against San Marino. The match will kick off at 20:45 on Monday, November 15.
Ahead of the qualification game, Abraham said he believes he could become the go-to player to replace Kane in England national team.
“I’m always someone who backs myself and believes in myself and you have to be ready because anything can happen in football,” he said.
“For me, it’s about always trying to be ready. Of course, players go through injury and bad spells, etc but as a player, you have to be ready and that’s something you have to be ready for, whenever the call is and the opportunities come.
“(Kane is) phenomenal. Everyone is so delighted for him, especially on the bench, every time he scored. It just shows that he’s world-class.
“He got into certain positions where the odds are not in his favor, apparently, but he puts them away like he always does.
“You know he’s striving and striving and trying to get better every game. He’s someone I really look up to and hopefully, he can get many more.”