According to a recent report from The Daily Star, Aston Villa are interested in a loan move for striker Tammy Abraham this summer. The 20-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League giants Chelsea having come up through the youth ranks at Stamford Bridge, yet he has only mustered three senior appearances for the Blues to suggest that he is still a way away from breaking into the first team on a regular basis.
And reports suggest that Steve Bruce’s Villa are seeking to lure the £9 million-rated hotshot (as per Transfermarkt) to the Midlands before August 31, and were they to do just that, the Villans would take some stopping in the Championship this season.
Ultimately, Bruce’s men head into the 2018/19 campaign off the back of finishing fourth last time round and coming agonisingly close to a return to the Premier League, thus suggesting that the squad and indeed the players are there ready for another push for promotion this time round.
And that is further emphasised by the fact that very few players have left Villa Park this summer, with John Terry perhaps the most high-profile departure at the expiration of his contract earlier in the summer.
Thus, with the likes of James Chester, Jack Grealish, and Albert Adomah, to name but a few, remaining at the Midlands heavyweights, things are once again set up for a promotion assault – adding Abraham will only seek to further that and make them a serious contender.
The 20-year-old may have struggled for regular football at Chelsea, as have so many young players in recent years, but one mustn’t forget that the two-times England international bagged a mightily impressive 23 goals in just 41 Championship appearances for Bristol City in the 2016/17 campaign, ultimately being the difference between them staying up and going down.
And while he made the step up to the Premier League last term by going on loan to Swansea City, he only managed five goals for the Swans to suggest that he may not quite be ready to turn out in the top-flight week in week out – the fact no side in the top tier landed him before the August 9 deadline somewhat backs that up.
Yet there is absolutely no doubting his credentials in the Championship after his previous spell at Bristol City, and with the attacking ingredients very much there at Villa in the form of Grealish, Adomah, and new signing John McGinn, among others, Abraham is likely to get plenty of opportunities to score – opportunities he will often turn into goals.
And given Jonathan Kodjia struggled with injury for much of last season, it’s arguable that a regular goal-scorer was the difference between going up and staying down last time round, as Adomah and Conor Hourihane were the only men to reach double figures in the league.
Thus, given that Villa have retained most of their prized assets, they would take some stopping in the second tier this season were they to complete a deal for Chelsea’s Abraham.
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