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Aston Villa: Unai Emery must reignite Tammy Abraham interest

The 2022 World Cup in Qatar has presented Aston Villa, along with every other club, an opportunity to scout players ahead of the January transfer window.

They have an unprecedented chance to evaluate the squad and eye up potential recruits prior to the winter market opening, thanks to this international tournament, and Unai Emery may want to improve the team during his first window in charge of the Villans.

However, one player the Spanish head coach could swoop for is not at the World Cup for his country – centre-forward Tammy Abraham.

The Englishman was not selected to be in Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions squad as Callum Wilson, Harry Kane, and Marcus Rashford were chosen ahead of him as options in the number nine position.

Earlier this year, 90min reported that Villa, Arsenal, and Newcastle United all made contact with Roma over a potential swoop to sign the forward in the summer.

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However, he remained in Italy and his form in the Serie A tailed off, with three goals in 15 appearances, which led to him recently being linked with a possible switch to Tottenham at the end of the season.

Although it remains to be seen whether or not Roma are willing to cash in on the £96k-per-week dynamo, Emery must reignite the club’s interest in Abraham and attempt to convince the Italian side to part ways with the striker.

The Spanish coach could get Villa Park rocking by securing a deal for the centre-forward as he is a terrific, young, number nine with a pre-existing relationship with the supporters.

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Who did Villa sign 2014 World Cup enforcer Ron Vlaar from?

He spent the 2018/19 campaign on loan to Dean Smith’s team from Chelsea in the Championship and enjoyed a superb year as he scored 25 goals in 37 league matches – helping the side to secure promotion to the Premier League.

The Blues then gave him an opportunity to impress in the top-flight and he plundered 21 goals in 37 starts across two seasons before joining Roma in the summer of 2021, with former professional Steven Elliott dubbing him a “goal machine” during that period.

Jose Mourinho helped him to hit the ground running in Italy as the striker scored 17 goals in 36 starts in the Serie A during his first campaign in the capital.

His statistics prior to this season suggest that his struggles in front of goal are likely to be a blip in what is set up to be a long career of scoring goals on a consistent basis, which is why Emery must swoop for him in January or next summer.

The Villa Park supporters know what he is about after his impressive year on loan four years ago and would surely be buzzing to see him back in the claret and blue, given the potential he has to be a prolific scorer in the Premier League.