Aston Villa are on an impressive run of form after yesterday’s 3-0 win at Middlesbrough saw them stretch their unbeaten run to five matches.
During that time, Dean Smith’s men have won four games and drawn the other – a 5-5 thriller with Nottingham Forest.
One of the major factors behind the recent Aston Villa resurgence is the form of Tammy Abraham.
The 21-year-old striker, on loan from Chelsea, now has 11 goals in 15 appearances, including six in the past week.
After netting against Birmingham City in the Second City derby, Abraham scored four against Nottingham Forest and then added another goal to his tally in the win over Middlesbrough.
The England under-21 international, who already has two senior caps, is pivotal to Aston Villa’s success.
The Villans are now three points off the play-off zone and they need Abraham to continue spearheading the promotion push with his goals.
But Chelsea are thinking about recalling him, according to The Sunday Mirror (print edition – via the Sky Sports Live Transfer Blog, Sunday 2nd December, 07:34).
Maurizio Sarri cannot decide whether Alvaro Morata or Olivier Giroud is his first-choice striker.
And with doubt surrounding both players’ futures, Chelsea might bring Abraham back to add another dimension.
Smith needs to talk to Chelsea and convince them that a loan spell is better for his development than a Chelsea bench role.
Abraham is so important to Aston Villa’s promotion hopes; they cannot afford to lose him this January.