The transfer is closed for the Premier League, but in the Football League (i.e. divisions 2-4), teams are still permitted to make loan signings through the end of the month.
One potential move that could thus involve Chelsea is Tammy Abraham heading out on loan, despite being pencilled in as the club’s third striker at the moment, behind Álvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud, with Michy Batshuayi already out on loan. But does Sarri need three out-and-out strikers when we only play with, at most, one? Abraham could be in line for a few minutes if he stays, but he could potentially find a lot more elsewhere.
Aston Villa, who fell just short of promotion last season, could be just the place. Their interest has been reported for several weeks now as they eye a spot back in the Premier League for next season, though their potential insistence on including a buy-option might be a dealbreaker for the Blues.
“The big clubs want their players to play. Chelsea have got 31 players out on loan, for example, it’s incredible. Our aim is to make a breakthrough or two in the next week.
“The owners have preached from the start that we want a younger outlook so we can grow and get better. That always takes time [...] but the way forward, certainly, is to be more energetic — and we want the players to be ours.
“The remit going forward is to be younger and fresher. We need them to be permanent signings, though, really rather than putting the stick and plaster over it like we have done in the past 12 months or so. We’ve had to beg, steal and borrow.”
-Steve Bruce; source: Birmingham Mail
So, no more John Terrys for Villa. More Tammy Abrahams instead.
Abraham himself has made it clear recently that he wants to stay and fight for his spot, and while that’s a noble pursuit and a commendable attitude, another year out on loan after the less than impressive spell at Swansea City last year might be the best solution for the 20-year-old.