According to a recent report from The Daily Star, Aston Villa are interested in bringing in striker Tammy Abraham on loan. The 20-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League heavyweights Chelsea but has only mustered three senior appearances for the Blues since breaking through the youth ranks, with his struggles for regular football seemingly opening up the possibility of another loan spell.
And Steve Bruce’s Villa are reportedly keen on the £9 million-rated (as per Transfermarkt) striking sensation, as should Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds, who as such must seek to hijack the Villans’ move for the forward in a bid to strengthen their own hand when it comes to sustaining a promotion push.
Ultimately, Bruce’s men will be on the lookout for that extra bit of quality that can take them that extra step this season after falling short in the play-off final last term, and given Jonathan Kodjia was injured for much of last season, adding to the forward ranks could see them reap the rewards.
Thus, Abraham appears to be the ideal man, and while one cannot detract away from the outstanding start Leeds have made to the new season by beating Stoke City 3-1 on the opening day and then thumping Derby County 4-1 on Saturday, the Whites have started brightly in each of their last two seasons, and failed to sustain a promotion challenge come the end of the campaign.
As such, they themselves could be on the lookout for further reinforcements, and some of their struggles last season were arguably down to the lack of goals from the front men, with Kemar Roofe and Pierre-Michel Lasogga the only men to reach double figures in all competitions.
And with the latter no longer at the club following the expiry of his loan deal, it’s clear that, despite the arrival of Patrick Bamford earlier in the summer, further reinforcements are needed in the striking ranks at Elland Road if Bielsa’s men are to challenge for promotion – Abraham will certainly add that quality and depth.
While the two-times England international has struggled for regular football at Chelsea, he certainly proved his worth on loan at second tier side Bristol City back in the 2016/17 season in netting 23 goals in just 41 league games for the Robins, single-handedly keeping them in the division.
And having lured Kodjia away from Ashton Gate a few seasons ago, another player who excelled for Bristol City, it’s not hard to see why Villa are interested in Abraham, who netted just five times in the Premier League for Swansea City last term to suggest that he maybe isn’t quite ready to produce the goods on a regular basis in the top-flight.
However, it’s pretty evident that he is in the second tier, and while Leeds have been free-scoring so far this term, the long, hard slog that is a Championship season will ask testing questions of their squad depth, and it’s arguable that the depth isn’t quite there in the striking ranks – Abraham’s arrival would take care of that though.
Thus, while Villa will hope to lure the 20-year-old to the Midlands before the August 31 deadline, Bielsa’s Leeds must seek to hijack that move in a bid to bolster their own forward ranks ahead of the rest of the Championship campaign.
Leeds and Villa fans… what do you think? Let us know!