Tammy Abraham apparently failed to turn up at Aston Villa training on Monday despite being expected to do so, reports BBC Birmingham radio, in what appears to be a clear sign that the Chelsea loanee is on his way to Wolves instead.
Can confirm Tammy Abraham never turned up for training today. He was expected to. Separately - the club are closing in on the signing of Kortney Hause from Wolves on loan with a view to a permanent signing. #avfc pic.twitter.com/XdoJ4iVxZn— BBC WM Sport 95.6 (@sportbbcwm) January 7, 2019
It’s not exactly the most professional move from the 21-year-old, though there is little point in wasting Villa’s time and training reps if he is truly about to trade Championship football for Premier League football. Still, if the club were expecting him to continue to fulfill all the stipulations of his contract as long as he officially remains their loanee, then it’s a very poor move from the youngster.
Villa manager Dean Smith has recently revealed that Abraham himself is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, motivating forces behind the midseason switch. Having conquered the second tier for the second time in his career already, it’s certainly understandable that Abraham would want to test his skills in the Premier League (again), though it’s still an oddly timed and even risky move as well. Abraham was a locked-on starter at Villa, but at Wolves, with the likes of Raul Jimenez to contend with, that will be far from assured, especially coming halfway through the season.
Hopefully it’ll prove the correct choice.