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Tammy Abraham signs for AS Roma

Tammy leaves the club on a permanent. 

Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham signed for AS Roma on Tuesday in what is a permanent deal for around 40 million Euros. Chelsea have inserted a buy back clause for around 80 million Euros that comes into play in the summer of 2023. It was an emotional farewell by the club with Marina herself making a statement that Tammy would always be welcomed back with open arms. Tammy himself posted a video and a message wishing the team good luck and cheering them to win more trophies.

Tammy Abraham joined the club as a child and rose through the ranks. Tammy’s first loan was at Bristol City in the 16/17 season during which he made 48 appearances for the club scoring 26 goals in the process. 17/18 saw Tammy get a loan in the Premier League with Swansea during which he made 39 appearances scoring 8 and assisting 5. It wasn’t the best of loans but Swansea had several problems in their team that season and no service. The 18/19 season saw a return on loan to the Championship but this time with Villa. Tammy made 42 appearances for the club scoring 26 goals and assisting 3 as Villa were promoted to the Premier League. 

19/20 was a great summer for several Chelsea loanees with the transfer ban and Lampard’s arrival creating a nexus event in which quite a few youngsters came in. Tammy was one of them and took up the no 9 shirt at Chelsea. Tammy went on to make 47 appearances for the club with 18 goals and 6 assists. It was a blistering start to the season but Tammy tailed off during the 2nd half as Giroud got minutes. 15 goals in the league was not a bad return though and he broke the no 9 shirt curse. 20/21 saw Tammy make 32 appearances for the club with 12 goals and 6 assists. It was a tough season. The first 6 months saw plenty of appearances but only 6 goals. The 2nd half under Tuchel saw little to no appearances with Tuchel putting faith in others. The reduced game time along with a deadlock in discussions over a contract extension meant that a sale was going to happen. 

Marina went to work and wove an elaborate transfer circle with Chelsea getting Lukaku from Inter, Inter getting Dzeko from Roma, and Roma getting Tammy from Chelsea. Tammy was Roma’s primary target though but it’s good how things worked out. Tammy has great potential and he is a goalscorer who I think could do very well under Mourinho and in the Serie A. The league is also physical which should help him develop on that front. For me what is missing from Tammy’s game is the consistency. Too many a times over the last two seasons Tammy was either in front or behind the final ball. The finishing wasn’t great as well. The goals and stats do show a player just needing to refine his game.

It’s safe to say Chelsea fans will keep an eye on Roma along with Milan now and it will be a interesting to see how Tammy develops over the next few seasons. A total professional and character in the dressing room it will be a loss but our replacement is a leader in ways that Tammy was not. Tammy can take encouragement from Lukaku and hopefully develops along the same lines.

Good luck, Tammy Abraham, once a blue always a blue!

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