Tammy Abraham could follow in the footsteps of Mohamed Salah following Chelsea exit

Tammy Abraham is no longer a Chelsea player and the striker’s future will be bright if he emulates those who have trodden the Roma path before him.

Abraham’s £34m (Goal) move to the Italian capital was confirmed earlier today.

This transfer calls time on one of the summer’s longest-running sagas, that stretches back into last season.

It also signals the end of a 15-year relationship with Chelsea, which began at Under-8s level and has taken him on a journey to becoming champion of Europe.

Feelings will obviously be bitter sweet for Abraham, who grew up a blue and certainly had dreams of leading his boyhood club to glory.

But Roma offers him a chance to write a new chapter in his already thrilling novel.

To turn a page on what was becoming a bit of a horror story at Stamford Bridge.

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There are no guarantees this will be the fairy-tale narrative the 23-year-old has been dreaming of.

However, if Mohamed Salah’s switch from South West London to the Stadio Olimpico is anything to go by, Abraham is set for a magical career.

The Salah show

The swashbuckling, free-scoring, smiling Salah we see today is not the same player who joined Chelsea half a decade ago.

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Less than 12 months after arriving from Basel for £11m (BBC), the Egyptian was sent out on loan to Fiorentina, having played 19 times for the Blues.

He made a decent impact at La Viola, enough to remain in Serie A for another campaign.

Although on this occasion, the frizzy-haired forward featured for Roma.

Again, Salah impressed his Italian employers, scoring 15 goals and providing seven assists in 42 appearances for I Giallorossi.

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Roma decided to retain his services permanently in 2016, concluding his Chelsea stint that lasted just two years.

The 29-year-old went onto score another 19 goals and provided a further 15 assists in the dark red and golden strip.

Liverpool then brought Salah back to the Premier League in 2017 and the rest, of course, is history.

If Abraham can match that trajectory, then his stock shall rise astronomically.

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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.