Tammy Abraham has left Chelsea on a season-long loan deal to Championship side Aston Villa, the club have confirmed on their website.
The 20-year-old striker seemed set to stay at West London due to the club hierarchy promising him involvement in the first-team squad. Abraham initially rebuffed the advances of clubs from abroad, including one from Ligue 1 club Bordeaux, and had hoped to impress Maurizio Sarri, but being behind the likes of Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud in the pecking order, it was always gonna be unlikely for him to play a lot of minutes on the pitch – something Villa can provide.
“This is something I was aware of from the beginning, Abraham said. “I was part of the Chelsea setup so was looking to focus on Chelsea. I recently received a call saying if I wanted to find a team, I have to go out if I want to play games. That’s what I did, and for me Aston Villa is a Premier League side, they deserve to be in the Premier League. I’m here to do my best, score some goals and hopefully get them back to where they need to be.”
The Chelsea youth product is no stranger to England’s second tier, having previously spent the 2016-2017 season at Bristol City in which he impressed despite it being his first step up into senior football. The Blues academy graduate registered a total of 26 goals across all competitions and was named the club’s Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Top Goalscorer – the first ever Bristol City player to earn all three accolades in the same campaign.
Hopefully, Abraham can once again hit a rich vein of form in the Championship as Sarri seems very impressed with the forward and seems to view him as a long-term option for the Blues.