Yesterday afternoon saw Aston Villa fans everywhere, led by midfielder Jack Grealish, celebrating the news that on-loan forward Tammy Abraham had snubbed a move to Wolves in favour of staying at Villa Park until the end of the season but at 9pm last night, The Mirror threw a curve-ball into the mix.
Whilst Abraham’s decision to stay with Dean Smith’s side had looked to be done and dusted, The Mirror’s Darren Lewis has hinted that Palace are now back in for the Chelsea man; not that I can see a great deal of difference between ourselves and Wolves in tempting to Tammy to ditch Villa between now and May.
For any striker, the sort of form Abraham is currently enjoying is something to be cherished rather than taken for granted, with a switch away from that particular group of players likely to have a noticeable impact on his confidence in front of goal. There is also a marked difference between the sort of chances he’ll get in a side battling for promotion to the Premier League rather than one fighting to stay in it, as he discovered first-hand whilst on loan with Swansea only recently.
It seems both Wolves and Palace would like to have signed Tammy permanently but with Chelsea seemingly only interested in loaning him out at this stage, we’re stuck between a rock and a hard place. He could well find himself scoring 25+ goals in claret and blue this term, priming him for a summer bidding war once he returns to the Fulham Road. Quite why The Mirror suddenly feel as though Palace have a feasible chance of luring him away at this late stage of the game is anyone’s guess but then again, newspapers often publish things with little grounding in truth, safe in the knowledge that they’ll gain traction either way. It’s the nature of the beast.