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Factfile: Meet new signing Tammy Abraham!

England international Tammy Abraham is in the door at the Stadio Olimpico after signing from Chelsea - with scoring a hatful of goals at the top of his Roma to-do list.

Here, we get to know the 23-year-old from South London...


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The tale of the tape

Full name: Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham
Date of birth: 02/10/1997
Age: 23
Place of birth: Camberwell, London
Nationality: English
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 86kg


Where it all began

Abraham was scouted by Chelsea while playing for Bruins FC as a kid in South London and joined the academy ranks of the Stamford Bridge outfit at just seven years old.

Clearly, the Abraham family is made of some serious footballing stock, and his younger brother Timmy is now on the books of English Championship side Fulham having emerged from the academy of Charlton Athletic.

And the familial bond is strong for the Abrahams, with some healthy competition between the brothers thrown in for good measure.

"[My family] still try to attend every single game," he told Goal.

"It's great to have their support. My dad talks to me after each game. It's important and it is good to have that support.

"I have seen Timmy play so many times. We have always been playing against each other. Yes, it's a learning thing; we watch, we talk, and we develop. It's a family thing.

"He has got a few similarities to me. He's a confident striker, he is confident in the way he plays, and I really enjoy watching him.

"It's something to be thankful for, I love football."


From breakout loans to a big break

That love of football has served Abraham well over the course of his young career, and it quickly became clear that big things lay ahead for the forward.

Abraham had to wait for his chance in the first team, however, with three years between his first two Chelsea appearances and his third. But that's not to say he wasn't productive in the meantime, quite the opposite.

Those games were sandwiched by loan spells at Bristol City in England's second division - where he scored 23 league goals in 41 appearances - at Swansea City in the Premier League - where he bagged a first top-flight goal - and Aston Villa in the Championship - where his 25 strikes in 37 appearances helped secure promotion.

And by the 2019-20 season, Abraham had done enough to convince Chelsea boss Frank Lampard that he was ready to lead the line for the club.

Pudding and proof come to mind from there on out, with no Chelsea player scoring more times than Abraham in either 2019-20 (18 goals in all competitions) or 2020-21 (12), and the latter campaign ending with Chelsea becoming European champions for only the second time in their history.


Did you know?

Abraham may now be known as a tall, quick, skilful striker with predatory instincts, but he was actually a defender as a kid.

"When I was around 10 I was a defender because I was always the biggest," he explained previously.

"But I just kept running forward to try to score goals, so eventually I got moved forward. That’s when I found out that I liked scoring goals, so I settled on being a striker!”


Notable numbers

  • Not only is Abraham a Champions League winner, but he also twice won the youth versions of Europe's premier competition. He did so in 2014-15 and 2015-16 and his combined overall record in youth and senior European football reads at 16 goals in 30 appearances.
     
  • His overall goalscoring return in professional club football, meanwhile, stands at 90 goals from 209 games.
     
  • Abraham made his England debut against Germany in November 2017 and has earned six caps for his country, scoring once in the process. His first senior goal came in the 7-0 drubbing of Montenegro at Wembley in 2019.
     
  • Roma's latest recruit becomes the third Englishman to play for the club, following in the footsteps of Ashley Cole and Chris Smalling. There have also been four English coaches in the Giallorossi's history; William Garbutt, Herbert Burgess, Jesse Carver and Alec Stock.

The man in his own words

“I’m a hard worker, skilful and I like to score goals! I’ve got good speed and I like to use my strength. I try to find a weakness in my opponent and use my strengths to capitalise on them!

“My idols growing up were all-round strikers, like Didier Drogba. Seeing him off the pitch really inspired me, too. When I was about eight, he picked me up from the front of the training ground and dropped me off at the academy! I was so excited!”


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