Smith: ‘Abraham can ‘become a legend’ at Aston Villa if he stays

Tammy Abraham

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes on loan striker Tammy Abraham can play a key role in their campaign to get back into the Premier League. Abraham has been in fine form this season and has recently been linked with a move back to the top flight. 

Smith said: “There has been a lot of speculation about him. What I am led to believe is that it is the lad’s choice if he stays or not – I don’t think Chelsea will push him either way. I personally – and I have told Tammy the same – don’t think it would be a great decision for him [to go on loan elsewhere]. I think he is in a win-win here.”

“We have got a Premier player who is on loan with us in the Championship at the moment and he is proving how good he is. He is only 21 and you need some guidance at times. He has got very good parents, who will help guide him, and he has also got [Villa assistant coach] John Terry, who he has known since he was eight or nine years old and who will give him great advice as well.”

“But there is only one person who can make the decision and that is Tammy – and I told him to go with what his gut feeling is. If it is to stay at Aston Villa and become a legend – which he can do, because he could be the one to take us into the Premier League this season – I would be only too happy.”

After facing Swansea in the FA Cup third round on Saturday, Aston Villa face Wigan Athletic in the league on 12th January.


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