Report: Striker leaves Chelsea after 16 years

Tammy Abraham, during his Chelsea days, by @cfcunofficial (Chelsea Debs) London, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Tammy Abraham’s future at Chelsea was uncertain after falling down the pecking order under Thomas Tuchel, so it’s no surprise to see the Blues confirming his move to AS Roma – ending a 17-year stay at Stamford Bridge.

The 23-year-old struggled for playing time last season and would have had added competition from the returning Romelu Lukaku this campaign, so his hopes of nailing down a starting place were slim.

Abraham joined Chelsea at the age of seven and went on to score 10 goals in 11 games for the U18s, 12 goals in 16 games for the U19s, 13 goals in 30 games for the U23s and 30 goals in 82 games for the first-team.

The England international struggled with consistency last season, however, which resulted in him only starting 12 league games. Timo Werner and Olivier Giroud were preferred in attack to the 23-year-old, so the writing was on the wall for Abraham. He was smart enough to know when to leave.

Roma needed a new centre-forward this summer after losing Edin Dzeko to Inter Milan and Abraham was the best their money could buy. The Serie A outfit also brought in Eldor Shomurodov from Genoa and still have Borja Mayoral on loan from Real Madrid for another season, but Abraham is a real coup.

He has great potential and has already racked up a lot of top-flight games despite his young age, so he should be able to hit the ground running in Italy. Abraham will know of Jose Mourinho from his second stint as manager too, so that might help him settle in.


Abraham is a fantastic striker, even if things went slightly sour at Chelsea. Roma are excited to have signed him and the 23-year-old should enjoy himself in a less physically demanding league, so the move benefits all parties.