Dean Smith has expressed uncertainty over a potential Aston Villa pursuit of Chelsea forward Tammy Abraham, according to Football Insider.
Since wind broke that Tammy Abraham may potentially be available for a transfer, Aston Villa have been credited with an interest in the poacher alongside West Ham and Newcastle United [ESPN].
Despite finishing as joint-top scorer alongside Timo Werner (12) for the Blues in 2020/21 [BBC], the Champions League winners are reportedly ready to jettison the 23-year-old to raise funds for new summer recruits [Daily Mail].
Many thought this may pave the way for the Villains to make an approach, however manager Dean Smith is said to have major reservations.
Peculiarly, Smith is said to have concerns over Abraham’s ability to stay convicted in-front of goal, as a Villa source told Football Insider the striker is on a ‘list’ of targets, but the gaffer has serious doubts.
This is in spite of the England striker enjoying a sparkling 2018/19 loan spell at Villa Park under the 50-year-old, registering 26 goals in 42 outings [Transfermarkt].
Of course, these efforts were crucial in the eventually successful top-flight promotion bid [BBC].
Perhaps, the news that Chelsea are looking to offload Abraham for £40 million may also be playing into Smith’s thinking [FourFourTwo].
Potentially, Villa could look to offload Wesley in order to finance any pursuit for their former man [Football Insider].
Verdict: Abraham would be a great signing, but at a considerable cost
Undoubtedly, adding another quality striker to the ranks would make Aston Villa a force to be reckoned with. Already in possession of a talismanic figure in Ollie Watkins, who started 37 of 38 Premier League fixtures this term, there would be real potential for Watkins and Abraham to share the goalscoring brunt, taking some pressure off the former Brentford man.
Conversely, the 6 foot 3 striker would cost a pretty penny – the reported price tag of £40m would make him Villa’s record signing, consequentially taking a large chunk out of Villa’s summer expenditure.
Less expensive targets may well be the way forward if the Midlands club want to bolster their ranks in multiple positions ahead of 2021/22.
In other news, Aston Villa have received a boost in their pursuit of a key target.
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