Tammy Abraham has refused to rule out a return to Aston Villa, according to Birmingham Live.
The England international enjoyed a special season on loan at Aston Villa in the Championship, scoring 26 goals as the Birmingham club earned Premier League promotion.
With Chelsea set for a transfer embargo, Abraham has been expected to return to Stamford Bridge and compete for the starting striker role, but the London native refused to rule out a return to Villa Park when questioned about his future.
“You can never say never, never say never,” Abraham said following Villa’s play-off victory over Derby County.
Despite a pair of prolific loan spells in the Championship, Abraham represents a real risk for Chelsea. For starters, the 21-year old is yet to prove that he can handle the rigours of a Premier League season having endured an underwhelming spell at Swansea in which he scored just five goals in 31 appearances.
In addition, Abraham is an unfinished article and not the archetypal Chelsea striker. The talented forward has thus far made his name as a poacher extraordinaire, notching all 26 of his Aston Villa goals from inside the penalty area.
Each of Chelsea’s past strikers, regardless of their success, has been entirely different profiles with Fernando Torres, Diego Costa, and Olivier Giroud all known for their ability to create goals out of nothing or bring others into play.
Abraham is a different proposition altogether. An unpolished diamond, the lanky forward has fashioned his career out of instinctive positioning and finishing but still needs to add more to his game. An incomplete youth product who has already failed once in the Premier League is not the kind of player that Chelsea have given a chance to before.
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However, Maurizio Sarri’s side find themselves in the ignominious situation where risk is both necessary and required. With a misfiring strike-force and no potential for new attackers due to the transfer ban, Chelsea simply have no reason not to try Abraham.
With players such as Giroud and Gonzalo Higuain, the Blues have known entities who are unlikely to suddenly undergo drastic improvement. Abraham is the unknown quantity who could very realistically fail at Chelsea, but considering his obvious talent and the lack of promising alternatives in west London, now is the perfect time to take a risk and see what the youth product can do.