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Where would ex-Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham fit in back in the Premier League?

Tammy Abraham is stealing all the headlines in Italy this season. The former Chelsea striker is quickly becoming a hero for new side Roma.

His latest heroics involved a double against Lazio in the Derby della Capitale. The forward netted a first-half brace as his side eased to a 3-0 win.

Abraham’s display was typical of his life in Italy so far. He boasts 23 goals in all competitions this season.

Moreover, he now holds the record for most goals in a debut season for the Italian giants. His 23 strikes take him above Gabriel Batistuta and Vincenzo Montella in the list, who both managed 21.

Eight games remain in this season’s Serie A, and Roma also remain in the Europa Conference League. The 24-year-old is well capable of extending his tally in the months ahead.

The striker may have only joined Roma last summer, but rumours have already started linking the attacker with a return to Premier League action.

Is Newcastle the perfect destination for Tammy Abraham?

If one thing about Abraham is evident, it is that he wants to be the leading man. Given all the stars and big names playing at Chelsea, that wasn’t possible at his former club.

He’s shown at Roma that he needs that responsibility. Jose Mourinho has chopped and changed formations this season, but one constant has been Abraham in a leading role.

The striker largely plays with his back to goal, receiving the ball from defenders or midfielders. With his large frame, he holds play up expertly, before linking up with fellow attackers.

However, the striker has only registered four assists in his 40 matches. While he is certainly key to the team’s progression up the pitch, it’s clear that when it comes to the final third, he only has eyes for goal.

Newcastle most certainly need a leading man. Chris Wood may suffice for this season, but that looks to have been a temporary solution to the goalscoring crisis.

Abraham could be their marquee signing, and would most certainly slot into Eddie Howe’s plans perfectly. Importantly, it’s evident that the club has its sights set on European football.

Mourinho will, of course, be eager to keep hold of the young forward. But the Italian giants currently sit sixth in Serie A. They are eight points off Juventus in fourth. With just eight games remaining, and with European action to distract them, Roma will have to work extremely hard to achieve a Champions League spot. 

It looks highly unachievable, while even Europa League football is by no means guaranteed.

Where else could the Roma star go?

As mentioned, Abraham is a goalscorer. He wants to be relied on for goals, off the ground, in the air and from the penalty spot.
As ever, Chelsea will be interested in one of their former players. But complications with ownership and subsequently transfers look set to rule that one out.

Rivals Manchester United meanwhile are in need of more attacking firepower. West Ham could also do with an alternative option to the tireless Michael Antonio. Could league leaders Manchester City even be tempted with a shock move for the former Chelsea man?

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Peter Lynch

Sports Journalism graduate from the University of Stirling, huge Liverpool and Northern Ireland fan, currently working as a freelancer.

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