Aston Villa boss Dean Smith comments on Tammy Abraham’s future

Dean Smith, Manager of Aston Villa arrives at the stadium prior to  the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa at Loftus Road on October 26, 2018 in London,...

Crystal Palace are reportedly interested in Chelsea-owned Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham.

Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa celebrates as he scores a penalty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on December 15, 2018 in Birmingham,...

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has suggested to Sky Sports that he does not know if reported Crystal Palace target Tammy Abraham will be at the club beyond January.

Abraham joined Championship club Villa on a season-long loan deal from Premier League side Chelsea in the summer transfer window.

According to The Telegraph, Palace are interested in signing the 21-year-old striker in the January transfer window.

 

Villa manager Smith has admitted that he is not sure whether the England international will be at Villa Park for the second half of the campaign.

The Villa boss has also said that Chelsea have been checking on the development of Abraham.

 

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa in action during training session at the Bodymoor Heath training ground on December 05, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Smith told Sky Sports when asked about speculation on Abraham’s future: "I've no idea about the contract situation if I am honest. All we can do is work with him, we have a good relationship with Chelsea.

"Eddie Newton [Chelsea's loan technical coach] was up here over a month ago, looking and checking at his development. He's been developing with us all the time.”

Important player

Abraham has established himself as a key figure at Villa and is one of the best players in Smith’s team.

According to WhoScored, the young striker has scored 12 goals and provided one assist in 16 Championship matches for Villa so far this season.

If Chelsea recall Abraham in January, then it is going to be very hard for Villa to find a suitable replacement.

Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa scores a penalty during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on December 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

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