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Chelsea Attacking Ace Remains Coy About Playing At Aston Villa Next Season: What Now For Smith?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

Aston Villa won promotion to the Premier League by beating Derby County in the playoff finals. Dean Smith and his players would definitely be delighted with what they managed to achieve. The Villans were 13th on the table until March, and from there onwards, they went on a ten game winning run which saw them finish fifth. A penalty shoot-out victory in the semifinals and a win over the Rams completed their fairytale.

However, the club will have some big decisions to make soon in the transfer market. Villans were helped by loan players like Tyrone Mings, Axel Tuanzebe and their top scorer Tammy Abraham. Abraham finished the season with 24 goals to his name, and there is no doubt that Villa would want to have him again in the Premier League.

Abraham was recently asked about his future, but the striker gave nothing away after the playoff win. He said (Football. London), ”I haven’t thought about it. I had my mind focused on this game, and I just want to enjoy it with the boys now. We have had a great blast. You never know what God has planned for me.”

Why are Chelsea unlikely to sell Abraham?

Chelsea meanwhile have struggled with strike options this season, and many would feel that Abraham can get a chance with the Blues senior team next season. Alvaro Morata disappointed in the first half of the campaign, and Gonzalo Higuain was even worse in the second half of the season. Chelsea’s striker situation was so dire that they had to extend Olivier Giroud’s contract as well.

With the Blues set to face a two-season transfer ban, Abraham becomes even more crucial for them. Chelsea desperately needs a striker, and they are likely to have their hands tied in the transfer market until the Court of Arbitration for Sports hands them some relief.

What now for Villa?

Therefore as things stand, we feel that Villa will find it hard to get Abraham on another loan spell. We don’t think the Blues will even think to about selling him permanently given their situation. Smith will probably need to spend big money to sign a top quality forward in the summer.

Jonathan Kodjia is a decent option to have, but the Premier League could be a tough nut to crack. Losing out on a 24 goals striker will be a blow to the club. However, with the financial windfall they received by winning the playoffs, they can definitely get an able replacement for Abraham.

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