It’s hard to believe that as recently as January, centre-forward was a crisis spot for Chelsea. Now we have a glut of strikers and something has to give. Maurizio Sarri has assured Michy Batshuayi that he’ll have opportunities this season, and with Álvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud apparently staying put, that means one man will be left standing when the music stops on August 9th: Tammy Abraham.
At 20 years of age he needs playing time. So a loan looks like a certainty. Preferably at Premier League level, in which his first experience last season at Swansea was a bit underwhelming. At this level, he still needs to prove himself.
But should that not materialize, at least one Championship club is making noises that they’d like to have him. That’s Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa, who fell at the last Championship playoff hurdle last season.
Gregg Evans covers Villa for the Birmingham Mail, which means his reporting is likely to be well-informed. According to Evans, Villa are interested in adding the young Chelsea striker to their squad.
Abraham is a natural fit for Steve Bruce. He has his 23 goals scored in the Championship two seasons ago for Bristol City. And the manager has also run into an injury crisis at Villa Park, with four forwards down with injuries
So clearly there’s a need for Tammy’s services in the Midlands. But the feeling may not be mutual. If clubs in the Premier League aren’t keen on the youngster, European doors may be open for him.