Date: 4th December 2018 at 12:00pm
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With the shambles Aston Villa got themselves into over the summer, one hot topic of conversation amongst fans for the last few months has surrounded recalls of our on-loan players – especially those who can provide depth and competition in our defensive ranks.

Therefore it was probably only a matter of time before the press picked up on the fact that the loanees we have at the club could also be recalled by their parent clubs and as a starter for ten this week, the topic of Tammy Abraham reared its head.

The initial story seems to have begun with the Birmingham Mail as best as I can tell and in fairness they do talk the possibility of a recall down themselves, stating that we’ve been in good contact with his parent club Chelsea and John Terry has been playing as the go-between in those chats.

I certainly can’t see it happening. Chelsea haven’t recalled him yet from a loan spell as best as I know, and having had a poor year at Swansea City last season, it makes absolutely no sense for Chelsea to recall him when he’s flying high.

Factor in the fact that it’s expected there will be changes to the loan market soon and they will be capped in future, Chelsea won’t see the sense in denying him game-time nor in not increasing his potential value. With 30 odd players out on loan I believe, if the changes come in they’ll have to make some sharp decisions, so when it comes to Tammy again, maximising his value or his experience makes a recall a no-brainer.

On top of that, there’s the Terry factor as well. A solid year with him, continuing his education, having the right words in his ear about how to conduct himself in the way Chelsea would want – it’s not particularly pleasing to have possibly no chance of getting him permanently – but again Chelsea would no doubt consider that to be a great positive from their point of view.

Purely from our point of view, if we had any genuine fear of losing him in January I would fully expect head coach Dean Smith to be less reliant on him as well and getting Scott Hogan more pitch time given he knows exactly what he’s capable of when on song.

I just don’t see it happening, but I do expect it to become a weekly ‘thing’ in the press now, and Axel Tuanzebe will be the next one in my humble.

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