Aston Villa’s promotion-winning hero Tammy Abraham has reportedly told boss Dean Smith and head coach John Terry that he wants to test himself higher, according to The Sun.
The striker netted 26 goals during the 2018/19 campaign and will now head off to the European Championships with the England Under-21 squad.
Following the summer he will return to Chelsea and he will hope to force his way into the Stamford Bridge reckoning.
Some quotes courtesy of the Daily Star appears to outline his intentions to try and win over his parent club during pre-season.
He said: “The aim is to be at the highest level and playing the best football and, if Chelsea say they need me there, I will put 100 per cent in.
“I am a person who believes in myself. So, wherever I am at I believe I will get in, play and score goals.”
Abraham was part of the Villa team that defeated Derby County at Wembley on Monday ending a three-year exile from the Premier League for the Villans.
The highly-rated target man was expected to get a Chelsea chance during 2018/19. He played for 21 minutes of the Community Shield defeat to Manchester City back in August but ended up at Villa Park on loan.
Having now scored Championship goals for Villa and Bristol City the natural progression is to play regularly in the Premier League.
One decisive factor for Abraham could be the transfer ban that currently hangs over Chelsea. The Blues are unable to recruit players during the summer and that could certainly offer the striker a chance to shine.
Abraham has worked his socks off at Villa and he certainly deserves the chance to impress at Chelsea during the pre-season campaign.
It does represent a blow for Smith ahead of his first campaign as a Premier League boss. He will, however, probably have other targets identified and finding a goalscorer will now become a priority.