24-year-old has scored 14 goals since leaving Chelsea this summer, now top scoring player from his country

Very few English exports have crossed over to Serie A and shone in their new surroundings.

David Beckham did not exactly set the San Siro alight after leaving Real Madrid to join AC Milan.

Joe Hart, once the national team’s number one goalkeeper, tried and ultimately failed his test with Torino.

Ashley Cole, arguably the finest left-back of a generation, struggled to hit the ground running at Roma.

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However, there have been two recent incidences of British players departing their home comforts to challenge themselves against Italian iron.

Forged in Blue

Both are products of Cobham’s illustrious academy, who continue to fly the blue flag across the continent.

Fikayo Tomori’s loan transfer to Milan last January certainly turned a few heads on these shores.

He has since signed permanently for the Rossoneri and is an established member of Stefano Polio’s side.

More recently, however, all eyes have been turned towards the Italian capital.

Rome is home to wonderful architecture, delightful scenery and a striker in terrific form.

Tammy Abraham left Chelsea last summer, after falling seriously out of favour with Thomas Tuchel.

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Awesome Abraham

The 24-year-old was rescued by a former Stamford Bridge centurion, Jose Mourinho, who allowed the centre-forward to flourish once again.

Although Roma’s results have been inconsistent, to say the least, their number nine continues to hit the right chords.

Last night, Abraham bagged his 14th goal in all competitions during the crazy 4-3 loss against Juventus.

This means he has scored more times than any Englishman in Europe’s top five leagues in 2021/22.

Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy, Raheem Sterling; eat your heart out.

Also, no player in Italy’s first division has converted more non-penalty goals than the England international.

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In hindsight, Tuchel might regret his decision to ostracize Abraham.

Unless the Chelsea coach possesses a crystal ball, he couldn’t have predicted such a decent return after such an indecent end to his Blues career.

Keep topping up those numbers, Tammy, we wish you all the best!

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.