Tammy Abraham details Jose Mourinho’s influence on him and “too nice” transformation


The 24-year-old London-born striker swapped Chelsea for AS Roma in the summer and has revealed he is enjoying Serie A’s contrasting approach to football, particularly under boss Mourinho

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Jose Mourinho sent off during Roma’s draw with Napoli

Tammy Abraham has revealed that Jose Mourinho is turning him into a monster.

Abraham followed the former Chelsea boss to Roma in a
£34million deal after the striker was told by Thomas Tuchel that he had no future at Stamford Bridge.

The move was driven by a desire to improve – and the 24-year-old’s impact under Mourinho’s guidance has brought him five goals and an England recall with the World Cup just 12 months away.

Abraham said: “Jose has told me just to be a monster!

“I think one of the things he said was that I was too much of a nice player and that you have to show that aggressiveness as a striker as you’re getting older.

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Tammy Abraham has praised Jose Mourinho’s man-management



“It’s not always about being nice on the pitch. You need that character, you need that presence to frighten defenders and I think that’s something I’m learning and getting better at.

“It’s always tough when you move to experience a different country and different culture.

“I felt the sooner I settled in the better and started learning different types of football and different styles.

“I’ve gone to spread my wings and hopefully I can keep up the level of performances I need to stay in the team.





“Of course, the World Cup was in the back of my mind but really I just wanted to play football.

“For me, it’s still a young career and I just felt I needed to go out and play some games to improve and hit the highest levels and hopefully I can keep striving.”

Abraham is not daunted by the challenge of being part of an England squad in which Harry Kane is the captain and talisman.

Kane took his international goals tally to 44 with a first-half hat-trick against Albania on Friday night which has taken Gareth Southgate’s men to the brink of qualification.

But Abraham is now competing every week against Italian defenders who are masters of the dark arts – and he wants to be ready if he has to step in.

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Abraham said: “Harry is phenomenal. Everyone is so delighted for him. It just shows that he is world class.

“You know he’s striving and striving and trying to get better every game.

“He’s someone I really look up to and hopefully he can get many more.

“But, you know, I’m always someone who backs myself and believes in myself – and you have to be ready because anything can happen in football.

“For me it’s about always trying to be ready because of course players can go through injuries and bad spells.

“So as a player you have to be ready – and that’s something you have to be ready for, whenever the call is and the opportunities come.”

Abraham added: “One thing I didn’t expect was Italy to be so tough.







Tammy Abraham has conceded he was surprised by how tough Serie A is



“Players are very smart and defending is very important in the Italian style of play.

“In England we’re so used to attack, attack, attack and for me it’s about learning the other way – how to break down teams.

“It’s part of the learning curve and you see the likes of Romelu Lukaku, who have gone abroad and come back to England.

“At first it was at the back of my mind whether I really wanted to leave the Premier League.

“It’s the best league and where everyone wants to play. You always have doubts in your mind.

“But going to Serie A and a team like Roma, which is a massive club, I don’t think people will really forget you as long as you are doing your thing, scoring and playing well. That makes a noise in itself.

“I just have to keep doing the right things really and as you can see Gareth keeps an eye on players abroad.”


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