Tammy Abraham has etched his name into Serie A folklore after a recent brace saw him break a long-standing record.
The Englishman came through the ranks at Chelsea before being instilled as the club's number nine under Frank Lampard. But following on from Thomas Tuchel's arrival in January of 2021, Abraham has seen first-team opportunities come few and far between.
Therefore, when former Blues boss Jose Mourinho came knocking in the summer of 2021, it seemed a wise move for all parties. Roma agreed a deal for the striker worth around £34m, and it's safe to say he's found his feet in the Italian league.
Abraham has gone on to write his name into the history books, becoming the highest English scorer in a Serie A season. Despite few English players having made a successful switch to Italy, Gerry Hitchens had held the record of 16 goals in a season.
Hitchens played up from for Inter Milan, and the record had never been broken since it was set in the 1961/62 season – until now. A brace for Abraham in Roma's 3-0 win over Torino took the former Chelsea man to 17 goals, eclipsing the record.
Speaking after the game, he told DAZN: "I would’ve loved to get three and score a hat-trick for my team, but the most important thing is we won. It’s been a long, hard season.
"Fair play to all my team-mates, we’ve done well, now we’ve got a final to look forward to and we’re all excited."
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Abraham will be hoping he has his shooting boots on when Roma travel to Albania for the Europa Conference League final next week. The Italian side will face Feyenoord, with both teams desperate to lift the inaugural trophy.
But ahead of the game, Abraham offered no assurances that he will still be in a Roma shirt next season. "Like I’ve always said, I fell in love with this club from the first day and I will always help the team as much as possible with my goals and assists," he told DAZN. "It’s been a good year for me, I hope to build on this year and hopefully we can finish with a trophy and it can be the perfect year.
"I love this club. They’ve given me the opportunity to show myself, my heart is here. We’ll see what the future holds, but my heart is here."
Abraham's former club Chelsea reportedly have an option to buy the English forward back for a fee in the region of £68m from 2023. With big-money signing Romelu Lukaku struggling to find form, the Blues hierarchy must be keeping a keen eye on the 23-year-old's progression in Italy.
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