The Giallorossi striker admitted that the Special One told him to ‘be a monster’ and said that he had the World Cup 2022 in the ‘back of my mind’ when he joined Serie A. ‘I’ve gone to spread my wings’.
has featured in 12 Serie A matches after making a move toRoma
in the summer and has met the back of the net three times.
The Londoner has netted two more goals in the UEFA Europa Conference League and has been called up to be part of the England squad multiple times since he joined the Serie A.
The 24-year-old emphasized that
wants aggression from the England international and admitted what the Portuguese boss told him upon his arrival.
Just be a monster, really,”
Abraham told the
“I think one of the things he 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.”
When Abraham saw his chances at the Blues limited, he joined the Portuguese tactician at the Giallorossi.
He admitted that he is thinking about the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and he should play regularly to earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s team.
At first that was at the back of my mind,”
“Do I really want to leave the Premier League? It’s the best league and where everyone wants to play. You always have doubts in your mind.
“But I think going to Serie A and a team like Roma, which is a massive club, I don’t think people will really forget you as long as you are doing your thing, scoring and playing well. That makes a noise in itself. I just have to keep doing the right things really and as you can see Gareth keeps an eye on players playing abroad as well.
“It’s always tough, moving and going to experience a different country and different culture I felt the sooner I settled in the better and started learning different types of football and different styles.
“I’ve gone to spread my wings and hopefully I can keep up the level of performances I need to stay in the team
“Of course [the World Cup] was in the back of my mind but really I just wanted to play football. For me, it’s still a young career and I just felt I needed to go out and play some games to improve and hit the highest levels and hopefully I can keep striving on.”
’s replacement during their thumping 5-0 victory over Albania, after the Spurs star scored a hat-trick in the first half of the game. The ex-Chelsea man emphasized how ‘delighted’ the England teammates are for having their captain.
It was phenomenal. Everyone is so delighted for him, especially on the bench, every time he scored. It just shows that he’s world class,”
“He’s someone I really look up to and hopefully he can get many more.
“I’m always someone who backs myself and believes in myself and you have to be ready because anything can happen in football.
“For me it’s about always trying to be ready. Of course, players go through injury and bad spells et cetera, but as a player you have to be ready and that’s something you have to be ready for, whenever the call is and the opportunities come.”
Abraham did not rule out a return to England one day, hinting that Romelu Lukaku featured for Inter for two years before making a move back to Chelsea in the Premier League.
One thing I didn’t expect was it to be so tough,”
“Players are very smart and defending is very important in the Italian style of play.
“So, for me it was about learning the other side. In England we’re so used to attack, attack, attack and for me it’s about learning the other way – how to break down them teams. It’s part of the learning curve and you see the likes of Lukaku et cetera who have gone abroad and come back to England and for me it’s about developing myself.”
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