Tammy Abraham received a standing ovation after he provided two assists and won a penalty during an impressive debut for his new club Roma.
Abraham joined the Italian giants from Chelsea last week in a deal worth £34m, after falling down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge.
The 23-year-old was given a start by Roma boss Jose Mourinho in their 3-1 opening day victory against Fiorentina and was applauded by the fans when he was substituted late on in the second half.
Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski was given a red card when he took down Abraham just outside the box, before the Englishman set up former Manchester United attacker Henrikh Mkhitaryan for the opener soon after.
Abraham could’ve also had a debut goal, but his powerful header in the early stages of the second half was denied by the crossbar.
However, his driven cross shortly after was met by former Aston Villa midfielder Jordan Veretout, who gave the hosts the lead again in front of a buoyant crowd at the Stadio Olympico.
Mourinho was delighted with Abraham’s performance, and also explained the reasons for bringing him off.
’It’s not easy to leave someone on the bench, but Shomurodov can play on the left, he can be a forward with Tammy as well. At this moment, neither of them are in the same condition as the players who worked in pre-season training from the first day, so I figured to use Pellegrini behind,’ he said.
‘Shomurodov is very dangerous attacking the space, Tammy is more of a reference point, so even if he wasn’t tired at that stage, I would’ve made the substitution a few minutes later anyway.
‘We have many different solutions, but at this moment what I like is the spirit, the defensive organisation is getting there, but Fiorentina made it very, very difficult for us.
‘I really hope Fiorentina the best, as they will do well this season and cause a lot of problems for everyone.’
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