On-loan Aston Villa forward Tammy Abraham has revealed that he is desperate to become part of the Chelsea first team for the 2019-2020 campaign.
Abraham told Sky Sports:
“That’s the aim going into next season. As a young kid, I’ve always believed I will play for Chelsea. I always believe that. I think I have the ability to. I just have to, when I get the opportunity, grab it with two hands.”
The 21-year-old joined Villa in last summer’s transfer window and he has been in excellent form for the Championship outfit this season.
Indeed, the two-time senior England international has scored 21 times in 31 Championship matches thus far.
Only Norwich City’s Teemu Pukki and Sheffield United’s Billy Sharp have found the back of the net on more occasions in the second tier than Abraham this term.
The striker has revealed that he is desperate to become a first-team player at Chelsea next season, though, and his words are a blow to Villa.
If they remain in the Championship then it is an obvious no.
Abraham will feel that he has now had enough football in the second tier, having also starred at Bristol City during the 2016-17 season.
It is worth remembering that the striker spent last season in the Premier League with Swansea City, but dropped back to the Championship last summer.
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Villa are currently in the playoff positions following an excellent run of form and will be looking to Abraham for more goals before the end of the campaign.
Even if Dean Smith’s side are promoted, though, it seems extremely unlikely that they will be able to re-sign the attacker for the 2019-2020 season.
Chelsea are short of strike options and with a two-window transfer ban looming, it looks as though they’ll be forced to finally maximise the potential of their vast loan army – in which Abraham is a part of.