Aston Villa are facing a fight to keep hold of Tammy Abraham this month. The Chelsea loanee has been in fine form for Aston Villa this season since joining on loan. His 16 goals in 20 games have kept Aston Villa in the play-off hunt and, unfortunately, gained him some admirers.
One such team was Wolverhampton Wanderers. As reported by The Sun yesterday, Abraham is wanted in an £18 million move from the Premier League side.
Sky Sports has since reported that Abraham is not for sale, but a ‘string of Premier League clubs’ are now keen on signing him on loan.
Either scenario would see him end his Aston Villa loan prematurely, which might put a wry smile on a few Sunderland faces.
Because this situation is extremely similar to the one Sunderland were put in regarding Lewis Grabban last season.
Sunderland had Grabban on loan for the first-half of the campaign. He was their top-scorer as they fought for Championship survival. However, when January came around, he headed off to Aston Villa for a promotion chase.
Sunderland failed to replace him and were eventually relegated. Grabban helped, scoring in a 3-0 win at the Stadium of Light for his new club in March.
So seeing Aston Villa lose their own talismanic striker this month would no doubt give Sunderland a sense of parity in the universe being restored.