Aston Villa legend Peter Withe has a message for Tammy Abraham's critics

Ex Aston Villa footballer Peter Withe greets the crowd before the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on April 23, 2011 in Birmingham, England.

Tammy Abraham has scored 20 Championship goals for Aston Villa since arriving on loan from Chelsea.

Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa celebrates scoring for Aston Villa during the  Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Hull City at Villa Park on January 19, 2019 in Birmingham,...

Aston Villa legend Peter Withe has hit back at the critics who have questioned the achievements of Tammy Abraham in front of goal this season, while speaking to the club’s official website.

Abraham has been a revelation since joining Villa on loan from Chelsea in the summer, scoring 20 goals in just 25 Championship starts as he looks to better his tally from that stellar 2016/17 spell at Bristol City.

It is a credit to the 21-year-old that he has continued his remarkable rate of progress throughout rumours linking him with a move away from Villa during the January transfer window, The Sun reporting that Midland rivals Wolves had offered Chelsea a staggering £18 million.

 

And Peter Withe has now paid tribute to Abraham’s impact at Villa Park, pointing out that cynics should not play down his remarkable goal-scoring feat despite the fact that he is playing in the second tier.

“It’s a big well done to Tammy,” said Withe, who scored the winner as Aston Villa beat Bayern Munich in the 1982 European Cup final.

Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa celebrates scoring his third goal to make it 3-3 during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest at Villa Park on November 28,...

“I’ve had people say to me ‘it’s not in the top-flight’. I always reply ‘yes, but it’s still a big achievement and shouldn’t be underestimated.’

“I have great respect for him, too, because he had the chance to go to the Premier League but he chose to stay with us here at Villa.”

Whether Abraham’s goals will be enough to guide Villa into the play-offs remains to be seen. Dean Smith’s side are tenth in the table and six points adrift with their sloppy defensive displays often overshadowing their quality going forward.

Tammy Abraham of Aston Villa celebrates after he scores his teams third goal from the penalty spot during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa...

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