Was there ever any substance to Aston Villa’s links to Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, up until this point?
When MOMS read the reports about what Steve Bruce had said about Abraham last week, where he stated, “I haven’t had any conversation with Chelsea”. It further backed up an earlier train of thought that Abraham was a rumour that had been spun from MOMS thinking out a loud in one of our blog posts.
Back in July 30th, when Tammy Abraham hadn’t been linked to Villa yet, MOMS mentioned him in a transfer news wrap, suggesting it was surely common sense that he was on Bruce’s loan short list:
Meanwhile, it’s thought that Villa’s top priority is getting in more of an out-and-out striker option. West Ham’s Jordan Hugill is one name that has cropped up in the media, and surely Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham is on Bruce’s list; he had a very decent loan spell with Bristol City in the Championship and a fairly decent one with Swansea in the Premier League last season.
There has already been reported competition for Abraham’s services, so Villa would do well to snag him.
The following day the Birmingham Mail suddenly wrote a transfer rumour piece saying Villa were interested in Tammy Abraham, no context, quotes or evidence were offered up.
A few hours later it went viral and every newspaper was spinning out the ‘Abraham to Villa’ rumour.
This is not a unique situation when it comes to how transfer rumours/news spread. Sometimes a journalist may mention a name as a good player for Villa, and then the Chinese Whisper system takes hold and in less than 24 hours, it’s been reported as “Villa interested in…”
As mentioned above, it’s common sense that Villa would have probably put the feelers out to Abraham’s agent (so a safe story to write), and Bruce’s most recent words on the matter were akin to firing a flare into the air to alert Abraham to a possible deadline day decision.
“If he was available then I think half the Championship would love to take somebody like Tammy Abraham let’s be honest,” said Bruce.
“I don’t think we’re alone.”
“If he does become available then there’s a definite interest from us, of course there is.”
It maybe wishful thinking though…
Why He’ll Probably Stay at Chelsea
After loan spells away at Bristol City and Swansea City, Abraham will no doubt want to try to make an impression at his home club. Despite not breaking into Chelsea’s match day squads so far this season, he came on as a substitute in the Charity Shield and there will be decent opportunities ahead this season to impress Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri.
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With Chelsea unlikely to play their first XI during the early rounds of both the League Cup and Europa League, Abraham will get plenty of chances to impress in a Chelsea shirt, so it’s difficult to see why he would take another stint in the Championship at this point of time.
Chelsea missing out on Champions League qualification last season, offers Abraham a silver lining of opportunity with the Europa League, that he would probably be a fool to pass over. Goals in that tournament could certainly fast-track his progress within the Chelsea set-up.
Sarri certainly seems fine about keeping him in the Chelsea fold, at least in the short-term.
“It’s up to him if he wants to remain here,” said Sarri, in the past week.
“We are very happy with him, so I think that, until January, he will stay with us. I think.”
That would certainly hint at the Chelsea boss penciling in Abraham’s involvement in the League rounds of the Europa League and the initial rounds of the League Cup.
With an international break around the corner, the need for striker cover for Villa may lessen, with the potential return of both Scott Hogan and Keinan Davis mooted for September.
So, in terms of Abraham joining Villa this week, there doesn’t seem to be too much logic to it happening. The January window maybe another matter though.
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