Former Chelsea star Tammy Abraham earns standing ovation on Roma debut under Jose Mourinho as replacement Romelu Lukaku bullies Arsenal


New Chelsea star Romelu Lukaku may have been Man of the Match against Arsenal, but the man he replaced also thrilled on his debut. 

Tammy Abraham joined Jose Mourinho’s Roma side in the wake of the Belgian’s return to Stamford Bridge, and his first performance in Italy suggests he’s going to do just fine out there. 

 Abraham had a debut to remember for Roma After his £34million transfer just five days earlier, the 23-year-old was thrown straight into the starting line-up against Fiorentina. And Abraham shone as the capital club registered a 3-1 victory in their opening game of the campaign.

 They were aided by a 17th minute red card to La Viola goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski, with the Englishman causing the Polish star’s misdemeanour. 

Abraham was the star of the show at the Stadio Olimpico, much to the delight of the club’s supporters, who gave their new striker a standing ovation when he was substituted after 69 minutes. 

 Even Mourinho was delight with Abraham’s performance Tammy Abraham gets a standing ovation after two assists on his Serie A debut The AS Roma fans are loving him already — Watch Serie A on BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) August 22, 2021 

 It was no surprise, either, given he created their first two goals in the triumph. Abraham, who has never created more than three goals in a single senior league campaign before in his career, got the ball rolling after just 26 minutes. After running at Lorenzo Venuti on the left side of the box, he drifted inside and waited for the perfect moment to feed former Arsenal and Manchester United man Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

 His turn and finish was eventually given as a goal but not before VAR had given it a good look. The first Serie A goal of the Jose Mourinho era at Roma is scored by… Henrikh Mkhitaryan Tammy Abraham with a clever assist, VAR took a close look but the goal stands! — Watch Serie A on BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) August 22, 2021 F

Fiorentina levelled the match through Tottenham and West Ham transfer target Nikola Milenkovic on the hour-mark, but just four minutes later Abraham intervened again. He latched onto a Mkhitaryan pass with an expertly timed run in behind La Viola’s defence, and while he missed the Armenian with his pass across the six-yard box, ex-Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout arrived at the back post to put the finishing touch on the move. 

 And the Frenchman, after Abraham had left the pitch, put some gloss on the scoreline with his second goal of the game 11 minutes from time. 

 Abraham and Mkhitaryan linked up superbly Two assists on his Serie A debut for Tammy Abraham Again VAR took a long look before awarding it but Mourinho's Roma are back in front! — Watch Serie A on BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) August 22, 2021 M

Mourinho meanwhile, was delighted with his attacking options having also signed Uzbek ace Eldor Shomurodov and left him out of the starting XI.

 He said after the game:It’s not easy to leave someone on the bench, but Shomurodov can play on the left, he can be a forward with Tammy as well.

 “At this moment, neither of them are in the same condition as the players who worked in pre-season training from the first day, so I figured to use Pellegrini behind. “Shomu is very dangerous attacking the space, Tammy is more of a reference point, so even if he wasn’t tired at that stage, 

I would’ve made the substitution a few minutes later anyway. “We have many different solutions, but at this moment what I like is the spirit, the defensive organisation is getting there.”

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