Aston Villa continued their unbeaten start to the season last night as they twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Brentford at Villa Park.
Jonathan Kodija stole the headlines for Steve Bruce’s side as his 95th minute equaliser enabled Villa to extend their unbeaten run to 4 matches. But despite the fact the Ivory Coast international’s brace took his tally to 3 from 4 for the season, it seems Villa are in the market for a new striker before August 31st.
According to a recent report from Express & Star, Bruce is keen to add another centre-forward to his ranks before the window slams shut, with Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham (valued at £9 million by Transfermarkt) his top target.
Abraham’s previous success in the Championship with Bristol City during the 2016/17 campaign is indicative of the 20-year-old’s ability to thrive at this level, as he managed to score 23 goals from 41 appearances in a huge season for the highly-regarded prospect.
His loan spell at Swansea last season did not produce a similar return, so a step down to the Championship may be in the best interests of his development.
With the pace, power and willingness to consistently make runs in behind, Abraham would inject a level of quality into Villa’s attack which would undoubtedly enable them to push beyond the playoffs for an automatic promotion place.
Add in the fact that Yannick Bolasie (valued at £16.2 million by Transfermarkt) is close to joining Villa on a season-long loan according to the BBC, and it seems clear that the Villans could be set to top their previous campaign which saw them fall at the final hurdle in the playoff final.
Although Bolasie has spent plenty of time sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury over the course of the past two seasons, he has shown enough flair and creativity on the flanks during his career in the Premier League to suggest that he will thrive in the Championship.
The prospect of seeing Bolasie and Abraham combining in the final-third is one which is bound to excite the Villa supporters, and if the club can get both deals over the line then Bruce should certainly be aiming to win the title.
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