Between the Lines: Villa scout hints at where Abraham replacement can be unearthed

In an interview with French website Festival Foot Espoirs, Aston Villa recruiter Olivier Monterrubio has laid down hints over where the club may find another player with Tammy Abraham’s qualities this summer.

What’s the word?

Abraham was sensational for the Villans in 2018/19, scoring 26 goals as he helped his loan side back to the Premier League.

The Chelsea man had struggled in the top-flight with Swansea but after returning to the Championship, he found the back of the net on a regular basis.

He was crucial to their promotion charge but it remains to be seen whether he’ll return to the club. Considering Chelsea are under a transfer embargo it could be hard to prise him away on a permanent basis.

Villa scout Monterubbio, who was employed by the club last season, has been keeping a close eye on players in France and was important in bringing Frederic Guilbert to the Midlands.

When questioned about whether he’s trying to find someone like Abraham at the prestigious Toulon tournament, a competition he’s now scouting, he told Festival Foot Espoirs:

“Yes.¬†There are also several other posts to find.¬†For the moment, I’m looking at all the numbers and then I’ll sort on the second and third day.”

Between the lines

It’s been difficult to work out Dean Smith’s transfer policy since achieving promotion given the sheer volume of players that seem to have been targeted.

Outfield players Joe Lolley, Neal Maupay and Gary Cahill could all join, whilst Neil Etheridge has also been the subject of interest.

However, reading between the lines of what Monterubbio has said, it’s clear that Villa are still after players they can develop following comments made by the manager in January.

The Toulon tournament has been highly regarded for a while now and is used as a platform for some of the best young players around to display their talents.

It’s intriguing to note that the Frenchman could be trying to find a player in the mould of Villa’s star striker from last term, but being able to actually discover someone as talented as that could be a challenge.

Monterubbio looks as though he’s already done some encouraging work in France but if he can find someone to match Abraham or mimic his profile in terms of ability and further potential, it would surely represent his finest discovery to date.