'Totally different': Ian Wright has already noticed a change in player Chelsea sold this summer

Ian Wright instantly identified a switch in Tammy Abraham’s character following his transfer to Roma from Chelsea earlier this month.

Speaking on the Wrighty’s House Podcast, the former Arsenal striker explained how he had spotted a transformation in Abraham after just one game for his new club.

The 23-year-old smashed his Roma debut last Sunday at home to Fiorentina, just days after bidding farewell to his beloved Blues.

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His evening ended in pure delight; the only thing missing was a goal.


He provided two assists and played a part in getting the Fiorentina goalkeeper sent off.

Abraham then received a standing ovation from the raucous Roma crowd, who enjoyed what they saw from Jose Mourinho’s latest project.

The weekend’s clash encapsulated everything the Englishmen was missing in the final stretch of his spell.

Meaningful contributions on the pitch and a sense of belonging off it.

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Tammy transformed

Wright caught onto the shift in Abraham’s demeanour, crediting this change to Mr. Mourinho.

“What I noticed instantly about Tammy and what he’s going to do at that team,” he began.

“Obviously, he gave them legs in the way he stretched Fiorentina.

“But it seems to me, for someone who’s not trained with the team and knows the team, the way he was ordering people about and talking to people, Mourinho’s had the talk with him.

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“He’s had that talk right where’s he said ‘you are playing, you are the focal point and I want you to lead this team.’

“Tammy played with his chest the other day. He looked like a totally different animal to anything I’ve seen him do at Chelsea since his youth days at Chelsea.”

Playing the main character for Roma completely contrasts to the nonperforming role Abraham endured at Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel.

Frank Lampard’s dismissal basically signalled the demise of the centre-forward’s tenure with the Champions League holders.

February was the last competitive fixture Abraham started before his maiden Roma appearance.

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Romelu Lukaku’s arrival was the final nail in the coffin, the last piece of the puzzle for both Chelsea and their academy pupil.

Off he jetted to Italy, in the hope greener pastures awaited him in Serie A.

It might only be one match, but Abraham already looks like a renewed man.

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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.