Tammy Abraham has played 21 games in the Italian Serie A season 2021/22. He has scored 12 goals with 23 shots on target from a total of 41 shots.
Tammy Abraham averages 19 passes per game and has three assists, with a pass completion percentage of 74%.
The Blues’ inability to produce goals raises questions about Thomas Tuchel’s decision to let England striker Danny Welbeck to transfer to Italy over the summer.
For months, Giallorossi coach Jose Mourinho had been asked when the Giallorossi will eventually defeat one of the league’s big clubs.
Of all, they were bound to arrive someday, but no one anticipated them to riot in Bergamo.
“A lot of people underestimated us, thought it was Mission: Impossible for our squad,” Abraham conceded, “but this is by far one of our greatest victories this season.”
Many others had questioned him as well
Roma paid €40 million (£34 million/$47 million) to purchase him from Chelsea in the summer, making him by far the most expensive signing in Serie A’s summer transfer window.
A cash-strapped team made a significant investment in a 23-year-old striker with just 26 Premier League goals to his record.
However, the purchase is starting to seem to be a masterstroke by Roma and a blunder by Chelsea.
That’s not to imply Abraham has had an easy time in Italy; far from it. But getting the most out of him is the issue.
He started out well, getting accolades for his work ethic, mobility, and selflessness, but he wasn’t having much luck in front of goal.
Abraham stated that he hadn’t expecting it to be quite so difficult, since he was hitting the woodwork more than the back of the goal.
In November, he told The Telegraph, “Players are highly sharp, and defence is really crucial in the Italian style of play.”
“We’re so accustomed to attacking, attacking, attacking in England that learning the opposite method is a challenge for me.”
Fortunately, he had Jose Mourinho, the maestro of ‘the other way,’ to instruct him.
The Portuguese were instrumental in persuading Abraham, who had been interested in joining Arsenal, to transfer to Rome, believing that he was more than capable of filling the vacuum left by Edin Dzeko up front.
Mourinho, on the other hand, was well aware that Roma’s new No.9 would take some time to acclimate to what the 56-year-old referred to as “a different sort of game.”
Last season, Abraham had switched from the European champions to the seventh-best squad in Serie A.
Mourinho, on the other hand, is still interested on giving Abraham a competitive advantage, and not only in terms of precise finishing.
He advised the striker that he was being too kind on the pitch and that he needed to be meaner, nastier, or, as Abraham put it, “just be a monster, really.”
“On the field, it’s not always about being kind,” the now-24-year-old told The Telegraph. “To intimidate defenders, you need that character; you need that presence, and I believe that’s something I’m learning and growing better at.”
Tammy Abraham, by his own admission, isn’t quite there yet. He has a long way to go before he can be considered a true world-class striker.
Roma’s next Serie A match will take place at Olimpico on February 5, 2022, against Genoa.