I would hazard a guess that most Aston Villa fans are well prepared for the media speculation that will envelop both the club and on loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham over the next six odd weeks as the January transfer window nears.
We’ve already had talk of Chelsea recalling him with those in the press not even bothering to explain where exactly he would fit into manager Maurizio Sarri’s plans, and the most recent link I was aware of was Crystal Palace, as former England manager Roy Hodgson was allegedly tracking him as a possible replacement for Christian Benteke.
Yesterday, and almost from nowhere, the Northern Echo suggested that Newcastle United were now primed to make a move for him.
The report hinges on two things – the recall clause all loanees have and head coach Dean Smith being coy and claiming he had no idea about the ‘contract situation’ when I’m pretty convinced he does. He might not know the specifics, but he’d know by now if Chelsea had even intimated a recall.
Like most speculation at this time of year, it’s all ‘understands’ and ‘believes’ type of language to justify the claims as let’s face it, they have no idea and again we’re back to, does it make more financial sense from Chelsea’s perspective to cash in now on Abraham, or get a full season of solid performances back under his belt.
Chelsea don’t have to sell yet and they can command more in the summer – so it’s a no-brainer for me.
Given the 21-year-old’s more direct style of play and pace, I wonder if Thursday’s offering will be Fulham given the success Claudio Ranieri had with Jamie Vardy?