Ex Bristol City, Aston Villa and Chelsea goal-scoring favourite wins Europa Conference League
Oh Tammy Tammy... Former City forward follows up Champions League win with another European trophy
Former Bristol City striker Tammy Abraham won another major European honour as AS Roma defeated Feyenoord 1-0 in the final of the Europa Conference League.
Nicolo Zaniolo’s 32nd minute strike for the I Giallorossi saw them crowned the maiden winners of the competition after being launched this season.
Abraham played a majority of the match before he was substituted in the 89th minute for Eldor Shomurodov and played alongside his fellow compatriot Chris Smalling.
“One thing I said when I came here was I was going to help the team get to the final and one day I want to win a trophy. In my first season I have achieved that,” he said in an interview with BT Sport during the celebrations.
‘Credit to my team-mates, excellent performances. We deserve it. We have worked hard all year. ‘I love them (the fans). From day one I came here it has been the best. We are champions, I am happy to be a part of the team, now it is time to celebrate and enjoy.’
He then followed that up in a short tweet accompanied with pictures of his medal draped around him and holding the trophy, he said: “I came. We believed. We achieved. History is made!”
It was his second major European honour in as years after winning the UEFA Champions League with Chelsea last year, however he wasn’t a part of the match day of that final.
In his first season in Italy, he registered his joint career best, narrowly beating what he first earned at a season-long loan with Bristol City in 2017.
His 26 goals in 48 appearances for a side that finished 17th in the Championship that year, was one of the best goal returns for a striker at Ashton Gate over the last two decades.
After returning to Chelsea, Abraham had two loan stints, one with Swansea City and then with Aston Villa, where he matched his feat with City, helping the Villains to promotion.
He was given the chance at Chelsea and got a respectable 30 goals in 79 appearances but was sold to Jose Mourinho’s Roma to make way for the expensive signing of Romelu Lukaku.
Finishing the season with 27 goals in a 53-game season for the side that hails from the Italian capital, Abraham has had a stellar first season on foreign shores.
His 17 goals in Serie A this year gave him the best goal scoring return for an Englishman, beating Gerry Hitchens who achieved that feat with Inter Milan.
Ranked in the same position as Tottenham Hotspur and England captain Harry Kane, Abraham is one of the highest-scoring English players across Europe’s top five leagues.
There is minimal rest however for the forward as he has been called up Gareth Southgate’s squad for their upcoming Nations League matches with Hungary, Germany and Italy.