Tammy Abraham has completed a permanent transfer from Chelsea to AS Roma for £34 million.
Abraham joined Chelsea at the age of eight years-old and has gone on to graduate through the Blues Youth Academy, earning himself a debut senior appearance against Liverpool in May 2016 under then caretaker manager – Guus Hiddink.
The following three seasons saw Abraham loaned out to Bristol City and Aston Villa in the Championship either side of a spell at Swansea City in 2017-18 season, although the Swans ultimately suffered relegation at the end of that campaign despite Abraham netting eight goals.
Across those three loan spells, Abraham scored 60 goals in 127 appearances
Abraham eventually received his chance in Chelsea’s senior squad in summer 2019 as club legend, Frank Lampard became manager, with Abraham netting 18 goals in 47 appearances during that campaign across all competitions.
Lampard however lost his job in late January 2021 less than 24 hours after Abraham became the first English player to score a hat-trick in the FA Cup for Chelsea since Lampard himself in 2007, with the 23 year-old scoring three goals in a 3-1 Fourth Round win over Luton at Stamford Bridge.
Abraham consequently falling from favour under Lampard’s replacement, Thomas Tuchel with his last Chelsea goal coming in a Fifth Round victory at Barnsley en route to finishing runners-up in last season’s FA Cup as the Englishman scored 12 goals in 32 appearances across all competitions last season.
Chelsea Director, Marina Granovskaia paid tribute to Abraham as he described the striker “as one of our own”, having netted 30 goals in 82 senior appearances.
Granovskaia went on to applaud Abraham’s journey through the club’s ranks, as he said: ”
We have all enjoyed watching his progress through our Academy and into the first-team squad, and are grateful for his contribution to our successes at senior and youth level.
‘His many goals in a Chelsea shirt and, of course, his part in our Champions League triumph last season will never be forgotten.”
Abraham will wear the number nine shirt at AS Roma and the youngster has vowed to help the Serie A club fight for trophies, saying: “I’ve had the experience of winning major trophies and I want to be in those competitions again – so I want to help this team to achieve that and get to the level where Roma should be.”
AS Roma General Manager, Tiago Pinto added that Abraham’s decision to leave England in order to improve his development is a vocal indication of “just how much he believes in this opportunity to develop his own game and show what he can do at Roma.”