Former Aston Villa player Lee Hendrie was on the media circuit as last week came to an end, and he insisted that although it would be a battle, and probably an expensive one at that, if we were to capture on loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, he could see no reason as to why the in form 21-year-old shouldn’t be our main target.
With the youngster having a fantastic season at Villa Park with 25 goals to his name and more than playing his part in helping us to secure a season extension and Play-Off battle, Hendrie didn’t tell ‘The Noel Whelan Show’ on BBC Radio Leeds (26/4 – 6pm) anything that wasn’t already well known after Abraham’s season with us, but I think most will agree with the thrust of his point.
“I feel Tammy is one of those players, he’s been consistent in the Championship, and I feel in the right team he should be in the Premier League by a million miles for me. Wolves were desperate to sign him and he decided to stay, which shows how high a regard he holds the club in. I think if Aston Villa do go up he has to be their main transfer target in the summer. He fits the formation that Dean Smith plays and I just like his attitude. He’s got so much potential.”
Tammy has certainly enjoyed himself with us and if there was any genuine interest in him over January, the fact he’s fitted in so well, found form and impressed – well, the fact he stayed may well have a big bearing on whether we can tempt him to tie up his future.
But it’s a big summer overall for head coach Dean Smith given the impact he’s had, as well as the likes of Tyrone Mings and Kortney Hause, and Financial Fair Play pressures will be more off next year.
It would be a massive statement if we could capture those three as a priority before then looking at the likes of Anwar El Ghazi after his recent improvement and then other targets Smith and Jesus Garcia Pitarch have their eye on.