Arguably Abraham’s defining moment in his fledgling Serie A career was on the 18th December, when Roma travelled to an Atalanta side who had just won six league games on the bounce.
A run through Atalanta’s backline culminating in a right-footed dink, followed by a right-footed shot across goal gave the Giallorossi a comfortable 4-1 win in Bergamo and announced Abraham as a striker who Italian defenders should be wary of.
Abraham has not looked back since this spellbinding performance, contributing 11 goals in his last 12 Serie A games to help Roma close the gap on the Champions League places.
His huge goal involvements have highlighted how much the 24-year-old has improved in Italian football. Averaging almost double the shots per game in comparison to last year, 1.5 to 2.9, there’s no wonder that Abraham already has nine more league goals in comparison to his last season at Chelsea. His build-up play has also dramatically picked up, averaging 0.7 more key passes per game this campaign.
Stats like this will be making Tuchel think as to whether he made a mistake in letting Abraham leave to play in the Italian capital. This is heightened especially when you look at his replacement, Romelu Lukaku, struggling to readapt in the Premier League, contributing 13 fewer goal involvements as the Belgian struggles to get ahead of their German star, Kai Havertz.