Tammy Abraham has been praised by Ian Wright, Roy Keane and Jermain Defoe after the AS Roma striker forced his way into Gareth Southgate’s starting plans for the clash against Andorra on Saturday night.
The striker moved to Rome in a deal worth £34million from Chelsea in the summer after Thomas Tuchel had made it clear that he wasn’t in his long-term plans – especially after the Blues signed Romelu Lukaku in a club record deal worth £97.5million.
However, Abraham is seemingly enjoying his time in Italy, and it’s looking as though the Serie A giants have made a shrewd acquisition.
Although he has only found the net twice in the league so far, his all-round gameplay has been phenomenal, and he’s looked a constant attacking threat.
His performances have earned him a deserved re-call to the national side, and he’ll be hoping he can keep his place in the squad in the future.
And as a direct result of playing so well, he’s also been praised by Wright, Keane and Defoe for taking himself out of his comfort zone and excelling in an unfamiliar environment.
Speaking on ITV before the Andorra clash, Wright said: “For Tammy, especially with a World Cup in 13 months, he wouldn’t have been doing himself any good with Romelu Lukaku coming in or Timo Werner being there, how many games would he of played?
“He’s now gone, he has tested himself there and he is still got to continue doing what he’s doing, it comes down to consistency to maybe come get the number nine shirt for England.
“But the fact is, he has taken himself out the comfort zone, he’s gone there, he is scoring goals but it’s about consistency continuing to do that.”
Meanwhile, Keane thinks that the move to Roma was the right thing for him, and he’s excelling in his new role.
“He obviously spoke to a number of the club before he went away, even lads at his old club, Chelsea.
“I think even Mourinho probably done a good sales pitch to him, Mourinho’s worked with some top strikers, he was guaranteed to get starts over there, new country, new language and he’s started well.”
Ex-striker Defoe also contributed to the debate as he added: “I’m a big of Tammy’s to be honest, top player and credit to him he could’ve stayed in his comfort zone, stayed at Chelsea.
“Credit to him, he’s went abroad which sometimes for young players isn’t easy and he’s produced. He’s scoring goals and assists, he’s getting rewarded tonight. Credit to him.”