Date: 4th January 2019 at 7:14pm
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With ongoing speculation concerning the future of on loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith again faced questions about the 21-year-old has he met with the media this week ahead of our FA Cup third round tie with Swansea City.

With competing claims in the media surrounding the veracity of suggestions Chelsea will/can recall him and then either loan him out again to a Premier League club or alternatively, simply sell him given the regulations in play, Smith believes any decision on his future will be made by Abraham himself.

The only thing fans can be sure of given the speculation is that Chelsea naturally hold a recall clause on him that could be used at some point this month – I personally still don’t see why they’d use it though.

Speaking to Sky Sports as he met with the press ahead of this weekend’s game, Smith explained.

“There has been a lot of speculation about him. What I am led to believe is that it is the lad’s choice if he stays or not – I don’t think Chelsea will push him either way. I personally – and I have told Tammy the same – don’t think it would be a great decision for him. I think he is in a win-win here. We have got a Premier player who is on loan with us in the Championship at the moment and he is proving how good he is. I think he wants to continue to do that, and we hope he continues to do that.”

Smith went on to say that in many ways you only had to look at how he’s playing and the way he has a smile on his face to know he’s enjoying his time at Villa Park, so he sees no reason why that would change.

“There is only one person who can make the decision and that is Tammy – and I told him to go with what his gut feeling is. If it is to stay at Aston Villa and become a legend – which he can do, because he could be the one to take us into the Premier League this season – I would be only too happy. He has got 40,000 fans singing his name at the moment, and that can only be a good feeling for a young 21-year-old lad.”

Abraham’s already experienced good loan spells, and the bad given his time at Swansea didn’t go how he would’ve liked, and I may be wrong (wouldn’t be the first time) but he’s not playing like someone who wants out.

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