Why Jose Mourinho is the perfect manager to get the best out of English striker Tammy Abraham
It seems not too long ago, that a young English Target Man was a troubling prospect for most of the centre-halves in the Premier League. Tammy Abraham under Frank Lampard’s debut season at Chelsea was a different breed, but under Thomas Tuchel the former Villa Park loanee has hardly shown glimpses of his former self.
Jose Mourinho and Roma are reportedly interested in Chelsea’s second choice striker Tammy Abraham. Roma’s new manager wants to add some attacking quality to his side before the start of the season and Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham looks like the ideal choice for the club. The 40-million-euro price valuation for the striker is one that Roma might be ready to meet.
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According to reports, the deal has already been agreed upon between the clubs, although no specifics have been identified as of yet. It is expected to be a loan deal with an option to buy over the course of one or two years. Reports suggest that the clubs are waiting for the player’s decision to finalise the deal. Arsenal, Atalanta and Aston Villa have also expressed interest in the English striker.
With Romelu Lukaku on the verge of arriving at Stamford Bridge, Tammy Abraham will likely be no longer even a choice in the starting line-up. Hence, it would be a wise choice for all parties to cash in on the transfer. As for Tammy Abraham, a move would likely gain him some game time and could benefit his career in the long run. A move to Roma, where veteran striker Eden Dzeko might be on the move sounds like the ideal choice for the young striker.
TAMMY ABRAHAM PROFILE
The Chelsea academy graduate spent most of his early career on loan. Two season-long stints at Bristol City and Aston Villa in the Championship earned him recognition. He also gained Premier League experience with Swansea City in the 2017/18 season.
His performances rewarded him with a call up to Chelsea’s senior team. His first full season with the Blues saw him score 15 goals in 34 appearances for the club. It was an incredible haul for a young striker, and many tipped him to be the next big sensation.
However, the previous season did not favour the Englishmen. Tammy Abraham started falling down the pecking order since the arrival of Timo Werner. Frank Lampard’s departure and the arrival of Thomas Tuchel did not help either. The prolific striker was often dropped to the bench and failed to impress. During the latter parts of the season, he did not even make the team sheet. Ending the season with just six Premier League goals in 22 appearances, Abraham’s future at the club looks brim.
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However, he was still the second-best goalscorer in the team. In fact, he had the best goals per ninety ratios of any player in the team, scoring a goal every two games. Therefore, it wasn’t his ability to score goals that were in question, but his potential to help the team in other ways.
Timo Werner netted just six times as well, but he did contribute with 8 assists. The German was also a key prospect in creating space and opening defences, hence his overall value for the team suited Thomas Tuchel’s plans. Unfortunate for Tammy Abraham, but necessary for Thomas Tuchel.
HOW HE CAN IMPROVE UNDER THE SPECIAL ONE
Jose Mourinho has once dubbed himself as the special one. A rhetoric remark that has stuck with him ever since. But, to an extent, he is one, although the last few years have not proven to be so. One of the most successful managers in world football, Jose Mourinho’s determination to win and his ability to instil his thoughts onto his players is remarkable. His knack to transform players into the machines he desires to be is another asset that has helped him achieve success over the years.
Roma have agreed a £34m deal to sign Tammy Abraham from Chelsea, reports Sky in Italy. The 23-year-old striker must now decide if he wants to join the Italian club, who are managed by former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. pic.twitter.com/aHxikjGUox
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The prominence of Didier Drogba is a prime example of Mourinho’s eye for the right talent. Drogba was everything Mourinho needed him to be, a mean machine, strong and imposing, and most importantly, one capable of scoring goals. It was his transformation under Mourinho that helped Chelsea reach the heights of their success.
Tammy Abraham might well be Mourinho’s next prodigy. Young, talented and hungry for goals, the young striker can benefit under Mourinho’s influence. The Portuguese manager doesn’t look for the kind of creative playmakers or out of the world strikers. Rather, he is more interested in the strong powerful, clinical strikers, capable of scoring and being in scoring positions at every opportunity possible. Tammy Abraham is just that.
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His strike partnership with Borja Mayoral can also be beneficial. The relatively young age of the two strikers means that Mourinho will get more time to shape the two forwards. J
ose Mourinho has a lot left to prove after disappointing spells in the last few seasons. And so, his time at Roma is crucial, and everyone expects him to deliver. Therefore Mourinho’s interest in a 23-year-old unestablished striker sparks interest, the kind of interest that sparked when he wanted to sign the Ivorian in 2004.