An update has emerged on Crystal Palace target Tammy Abraham, regarding Aston Villa’s interest in his services.
According to The Mirror, Crystal Palace are interested in signing Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham this summer and are facing competition from Aston Villa.
The report claims that Dean Smith’s side are expected to make a sizeable transfer offer for the Blues forward and Thomas Tuchel has made it clear that he will not be part of his plans at Stamford Bridge moving forward, with Timo Werner preferred ahead of him in the pecking order.
Steve Parish must ensure that he is able to seal a deal for Abraham ahead of Villa this summer as the Palace fans would love him at Selhurst Park. The English hitman is a proven player at Premier League level and could be the club’s starting number nine for many years to come, with Christian Benteke recently signing a two-year deal but heading into his 30’s.
Outside of Wilfried Zaha and the Belgian attacker, Ebe Eze was the next highest scorer for the club with four strikes in the league. This suggests that Palace are in desperate need of additional goal threats and Abraham could be exactly what they need, given his quality at this level.
In 2019, ex-Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand compared him to Ivorian legend Didier Drogba in how he holds the ball up and helps his teammates, highlighting the 23-year-old’s ability and showing why he could be a superb signing for the Eagles.
“I saw elements in Tammy’s game today that I hadn’t seen as much that I’d have liked to. His hold-up play, coming to the ball and bringing others into play.
“First half, one ball went up to him, Didier Drogba-esque, chests it down for someone, runs on for the next phase – I think he’s developing nicely. He’s scoring goals, he’s scoring different types of goals and I think he’s a threat.”
The £50k-per-week beast has an impressive goalscoring record throughout his career. He excelled at Championship level whilst on loan to Bristol City and then Aston Villa, scoring 48 goals in 78 matches in the second tier.
Initially on loan at Swansea and then in the first-team at Stamford Bridge, Abraham continued finding the back of the net after making the step up to the Premier League. The towering centre-forward has scored 26 goals and provided eight assists in 89 top-flight appearances, whilst only starting 52 of those matches – averaging a goal every two starts.
This is why Palace fans would love him at the club as he has a track record of scoring goals in this country. Therefore, he could be a safer option than a player who has never played in England and may not be able to adapt to the way football is played, making them a risky signing.