A return to the Championship, even if it was not anyone’s priority at the beginning of the season, turned out to be quite a fantastic decision for Chelsea Academy graduate Tammy Abraham.
The 21-year-old would go on to score 25 league goals to help carry Aston Villa back into the promotion playoffs, where they did one better than last season and emerged victorious with Sunday’s 2-1 victory over Frank Lampard’s Derby County in the Richest Game in Football.
So, the big question is, what’s next? A return to Stamford Bridge is certainly (hopefully) a big possibility, especially if Chelsea remain under a transfer ban. We may be prevented from registering new players, but returning loanees are fair game.
Tammy’s ready, if we are ready.
“If Chelsea say they need me there, I will put my 100 per cent in. I am still young, I am still improving. The aim is to be at the highest level and playing the best football.”
“A team like Chelsea is always difficult because they have got world class players. It is always going to be difficult to bring in youngsters and bring in people like myself - it is a big role. But for me, it is about believing in myself and just keep doing what I do.”
But staying at Aston Villa for at least another season is also an obvious possibility, especially now that they are back in the Premier League.
“I love being here. It is a massive club. It is an honour to wear the badge, so I am proud. I just need to enjoy my night with the boys before I think about the future. I have got the [under-21] Euros coming up as well so I have to focus on that.”
“You can never say never. You never know what could happen.”
-Tammy Abraham; source: Independent
At this point, Abraham can probably choose his own adventure. He rejected a potential move to Wolves in January. Villa would likely not say no to him staying. Chelsea could be a real possibility as well.