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Opinion: Josh Maja could be a perfect replacement for Tammy Abraham at Aston Villa

Opinion: Josh Maja could be a perfect replacement for Tammy Abraham at Aston Villa

Tammy Abraham’s electric start to the Championship season has not gone unnoticed and a potential move away from Aston Villa is seemingly in the offing. 

Abraham may well have struggled to thrive at Swansea City last season but he is clearly a prolific talent in the second tier of English football. His first season-long loan spell with Bristol City was a resounding success, with a return of 23 goals from 41 games earning interest from Premier League sides.

But, after a disappointing spell at Swansea, Abraham had a point to prove after moving to Villa Park and he has answered his critics in the most emphatic manner possible so far.

The problem for Dean Smith, though, is that Wolves are now hoping to conclude a January transfer to bolster their options at centre-forward, according to the Daily Mail and various other reports.

Whether Abraham will succumb to the temptation of a top-flight return or complete the season with Villa remains to be seen, but Smith will need a contingency plan in place to implement in the event of his probable departure.

With that said, Villa should be on high alert after Sunderland’s Josh Maja turned down a fresh contract offer from the Black Cats (as per The Guardian).

With less than six months remaining on his current deal, Sunderland will be weighing up the possibility of cashing in this month rather than risk losing him for nothing in the summer.

Sunderland’s hopes of clinching promotion this season may well rest on Maja’s shoulders so the club naturally find themselves in a genuine dilemma, but their loss could yet be Villa’s gain.

The 20-year-old centre-forward has been a revelation this season, scoring 14 goals and providing two assists in 22 League One appearances.

The rapid rate of his rise to prominence hints that he is destined to rise through the divisions in his career, but a move to the Premier League is rather premature at this stage.

A move to a promotion-chasing Championship side, such as Villa, is the next logical step for Maja, and if Smith can convince him to snub top-flight interest in favour of a move to Villa Park the loss of Abraham would not feel so profound.

And, considering his contract situation will bring his price-tag right down this month, Villa could sign a genuine prodigy for a bargain price to replace Abraham.

Villa fans – thoughts? Let us know below!

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