It’s going to take a minute to stop thinking about Tammy Abraham and young Valentino Livramento as just two of Chelsea’s many loan players, but even once that happens, we will still be happy for their successes with their new teams — especially as we have buy-back clauses for both (€80m and £25m, respectively). Their success is also great advertisement for the Chelsea Academy as a place where great talents are developed, nurtured, and set upon a path of greatness.
Abraham, like the man now wearing his No.9 shirt at Chelsea, Romelu Lukaku, made a great start to life at his new club, as AS Roma beat Fiorentina 3-1. His individual performance received a standing ovation from the Roma faithful.
Tammy Abraham gets a standing ovation after two assists on his Serie A debut— Watch Serie A on BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) August 22, 2021
The AS Roma fans are loving him already ❤️ pic.twitter.com/4QqVtyrDmR
Tammy may not have scored any of the goals, but he did set two of them up (both of those assists surviving a VAR review as well), including the opener, which was converted by Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Abraham also hit the bar and drew a foul from the Fiorentina goalkeeper that resulted in an early red card for the visitors.
All in all, a great way to kick off the Mourinho Era in the Italian capital.
The 18-year-old certainly caught the eye in a Man of the Match performance, leading many to wonder what it is in the water at Cobham that keeps growing all these wonderful young right backs.
(In less happy news, Chelsea loanee Armando Broja was once again left out of the matchday squad by Southampton, though Ralph Hasenhüttl has assured that the young striker will get his chances eventually, once he gets up to speed in his adaptation.)