Tammy Abraham reveals Roma boss Jose Mourinho has told him to 'be a monster' after ending Chelsea nightmare

TAMMY ABRAHAM has revealed the key piece of advice that Jose Mourinho gave him after joining Roma from Chelsea in the summer.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Abraham, 24, said that Mourinho told him to be more aggressive on the pitch to strike fear into the hearts of opposition defenders.

He said: “I think one of the things he [Mourinho] said was I was too much of a nice player and that you have to show that aggressiveness as you’re getting older as a striker.

"It’s not always about being nice on the pitch.

"You need that character, you need that presence to frighten defenders and I think that’s something I’m learning and getting better at.”

Abraham joined Roma for £34m in the summer after first-team opportunities at Chelsea became even more scarce after their signing of Romelu Lukaku.

Abraham had been at Chelsea since the age of seven and went on to score 21 goals in 58 Premier League appearances for the Blues.

He was a regular under Frank Lampard, but his game time plummeted under Thomas Tuchel, who took over at Stamford Bridge midway through last season.


And the writing was on the wall when Abraham was left out of the squad for Chelsea's Champions League final victory against Manchester City.

Abraham then took the bold decision to move abroad in search of first-team football and has started all 12 of Roma's Serie A games so far this season.

He quickly endeared himself to fans by singing along to their pre-match anthem before scoring the first of his three goals in a 1-0 win against Udinese.

He also bagged two assists on his debut in a 3-1 victory against Fiorentina and was given a standing ovation by the Roma fans.

But things soured when he appeared to clash with fans after Roma were thrashed 6-1 by Norwegian minnows Bodo/Glimt in the Europa Conference League.

Roma have been in poor form of late with just one win in their last seven, including disappointing defeats to rivals Juventus and AC Milan.

But Abraham has been called-up to the last two England squads and scored against Andorra in a 5-0 victory last month – only his second international goal.

He won his ninth cap in Friday's 5-0 win against Albania at Wembley, coming on for Harry Kane in the second half.

And he could be set to feature for the Three Lions again against minnows San Marino on Monday.

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