'Not surprised': Pat Nevin says player sold by Chelsea was a more 'obvious success' than Mason Mount in the academy

Pat Nevin claims Tammy Abraham always looked a more “obvious success” than Mason Mount when the duo were both in the Chelsea academy.

Abraham, who was sold by Chelsea last summer to Roma, has made a stunning impact during his first year in Italy.

The centre-forward has scored 23 goals in 40 games across all competitions this season for Jose Mourinho’s Roma.

Aged 24, it looks like the striker is developing into the kind of top player many previously tipped him to be.

Meanwhile, Abraham’s ex-teammate Mount has continued his development as a crucial first-team player at Stamford Bridge.

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The 23-year-old attacking midfielder came from the Cobham academy at the same time of Abraham, and the duo played together in the senior team before the latter’s transfer to Roma.

Mount’s scored eight goals and made 12 assists so far this campaign in 41 Chelsea appearances across all competitions. For certain, he’s one of the go-to players under manager Thomas Tuchel.

Pundit and ex-Blues player Nevin explains Abraham always looked the most destined to carve out a first-team career, even more so than current Chelsea first teamers Mount and Reece James.

“I am not surprised Tammy has done so well out there. He is an intelligent boy. I watched some of his games when he was in the Chelsea academy and I marked him out as one to watch. To me at the time he was a more obvious success than Mason Mount or Reece James,” Nevin said.

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Abraham a goalscorer since Chelsea youth days

Abraham’s scored goals throughout his entire academy and senior career.

The England international was a massive success out on various loan spells from Chelsea, as well as netting 30 times in 80 first-team appearances for the Blues.

However, it’s been another massive leap to go to a foreign country and perform under the pressure of playing for a big club like Roma.

Micah Richards thinks Abraham’s hold up play has improved in Rome, which is a part of game that needed some work.

It’s great to see him turn into a star in Serie A, even if some feel he should still be in Chelsea’s current squad.

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