Tammy Abraham reveals that Jose Mourinho has taught him to be a “monster”

Tammy Abraham is resurrecting his career at Roma / Insidefoto/GettyImages

Roma striker Tammy Abraham has revealed that the biggest thing Jose Mourinho has taught him is to be a “monster” and stop being too “kind” on the pitch.

Abraham took the step and broke the bond with the boys’ club Chelsea in the summer in search of more regular playing time. Roma won the race for his signature in a transfer of 40 million euros and he has become a key starter for ex-Chelsea boss Mourinho.

The 24-year-old’s performance in Serie A has given him a recall to the England squad this month and he credits Mourinho, who has previously had great success with powerful number nine such as Didier Drogba and Diego Costa, with developing a new team in his game.

“Be just a monster really!” Abraham is quoted by Sky Sports as asking how Mourinho has improved him. “I think one of the things he said was that I was too much of a nice player and that you have to show that aggression when you get older as a striker.

“It’s not always about being nice on the pitch. You need that character, you need that presence to scare defenders and I think that’s something I learn and get better at.”

A teenager Abraham was on the fringes of Chelsea’s first team during Mourinho’s final months at the club in 2015 and eventually became a permanent member of the squad in 2019 following successful Championship loans to Bristol City and Aston Villa.

He scored 18 goals in his first season, only to lose his starting spot next campaign due to the arrival of Timo Werner. When Romelu Lukaku returned in early August, it was clear that Abraham would have to leave the club to resume his career.

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