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Tammy Abraham close to joining Aston Villa on loan — report

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Young Chelsea striker moving back to the Championship

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Tammy Abraham has become increasingly linked with a loan move to second division outfit Aston Villa over the past few weeks, and according to ESPN, that move is now drawing to a close. There is about a week left in August, and thus the window for Football League sides to arrange any temporary moves. Having missed (or skipped) the opportunity to arrange a Premier League loan before August 9, if Tammy is to leave, this would be his best option.

Chelsea have already sent Michy Batshuayi on loan to Valencia, keeping Tammy as the third-choice striker in the first-team, but as some would say, three is a crowd. For Tammy’s own sake, it might be best to look for regular playing time, too. If he stays, his minutes would be wholly dependent on injuries and any potential struggles for Morata or Giroud. While that certainly can’t be ruled out, it’s not something we should be relying on.

Two seasons ago, Abraham lit up the Championship with 26 goals in 41 matches for Bristol City, and there’s no reason to think he couldn’t replicate those numbers despite a less than stellar season at Premier League strugglers Swansea City last year.