According to Football London, Arsenal are interested in securing the services of Tammy Abraham and are closely monitoring the player. The Gunners tried to sign him last summer, having witnessed his dissatisfaction at Chelsea, but a move failed to materialise due to funds.
Arsenal could look to make another move for former transfer target Tammy Abraham in the coming months after reports came out that the striker has made a U-turn on his future. The Roma talisman has continued to impress since making the move to Italy, though a return to England could help progress him even further.
For the Gunners, a move for the England international could help consolidate their striking options, with their goal scoring being a major issue during last season. That led to Mikel Arteta investing heavily in the transfer market this summer, signing Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City for £45 million.
Abraham could give the Gunners the strength in depth they need to be serious contenders at the top end of the league, and also give Jesus his “dream” strike partner in the making. It may end up costing the Gunners in the market, but it could help them get one up over their Premier League rivals who could be eyeing a move too.
There are concerns surrounding Jesus if he falls out of form or if he suffers a huge injury, leaving Eddie Nketiah as the only option left. So that could lead to the Gunners eyeing a move for another centre-forward that may be able to compete in the future, which ties in neatly to a former target making a potential u-turn on his future.
In the 2019/20 campaign, Abraham had a breakout season with Chelsea. The 24-year-old played 47 times for the Blues in all competitions, scoring 18 goals and providing six assists (stats via transfermarkt).
However, with the dismissal of Frank Lampard, Abraham lost his place in the Chelsea starting lineup. The centre-forward then moved to AS Roma for the 2021/22 season. The 24-year-old featured in 53 games in all competitions for the Italians, scoring 27 goals as they won the inaugural UEFA Europa Conference League.
Under Frank Lampard, we could see Chelsea overloading the wings to draw opposition players, isolating Tammy in space between the defenders to use his heading abilities. Jose Mourinho at Roma has adapted an almost similar approach.
At Roma, Tammy has certainly stepped it up, his all-round play being better than ever. His holdup play means he can play balls to the inside forwards Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Lorenzo Pellegrini and Nicolo Zaniolo.
His strong heading ability means that he is also present at the end of crosses by the wingbacks. In short, he is a menace for opposition defenders, who never know how he’ll attack because of his unpredictable nature.
Tammy takes a lot of shots of high quality which further tells about his ability to get into elite goal-scoring positions using his movement.
Although he has been impressive for almost the last five or six seasons he has played, it seems like his hard work is finally paying off as he is slowly moving into the limelight. So, let’s delve deeper and encode his slow but steady rise on the footballing ladder.
Tammy Abraham is the perfect, all-round modern centre-forward. Playing as a target man due to his height in his early days at Swansea and Aston Villa, he has also played like a more complete CF at Roma and Chelsea, using his holdup and linkup play to get more involved in the buildup.
Generally regarded as a very efficient striker, he takes high-value shots from very good regions, scoring most of them. In short, he can score from very few chances.
He is mostly positioned between the centre-backs, acting as a target man to get on the end of the crosses. Although he used to get caught offside many times while playing on the shoulder of the last defender, it has certainly reduced as he gets better with his understanding of the game.
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Considering Abraham’s form, many PL clubs are evidently looking to acquire his signature. United seemingly need to bolster their forward line in the upcoming transfer windows.
Chelsea, though, reportedly have a £67m buyback clause included in Abraham’s contract that will become active next summer. Some new information from Corriere dello Sport claims the former Blues attacker wants to return to the Premier League ‘as soon as possible’. Despite being happy in Rome, he does not see his long-term future in the Italian capital.
Abraham was on the bench for Gareth Southgate’s team in the recent UEFA Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany. The 24-year-old is evidently a backup to Harry Kane in the national setup. It will be interesting to see if the centre-forward finds a move back to England after the World Cup.
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