Aston Villa completed the signing of England international Tammy Abraham in a Deadline Day swoop.
The Championship club raised eyebrows with the capture of the 20-year-old forward, who had reportedly been the subject of a £25m bid from Tottenham Hotspur during the summer.
Abraham has struggled to break into parent club Chelsea’s first-team, but showed his potential during loan spells with Bristol City and Swansea City. A regular fixture in the England under-21 set-up, many were surprised to see the forward commit to spending the 2018/19 campaign in the Championship.
One of the surprised figures was Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock, who expressed his bewilderment at the move whilst speaking to Standard Sport:
“I wanted Tammy Abraham from day one. I spoke to Eddie Newton (Chelsea’s loan player technical coach) about it, but he ended up at Aston Villa.
Tammy would have been my main man in the Premier League – surely that would have been better for him? I don’t understand it. Surely they want him playing in the Premier League? I don’t think it was ever a question over the size of the loan fee – we would have paid it. I just felt the way he played, he would have enjoyed it and had an impact. I missed out on a few players waiting for him too, which disappointed me. But that’s life.”
Abraham is available for tomorrow’s trip to Blackburn Rovers and could be handed his first Villa appearance. After tearing up the scoring charts for what was a struggling Bristol City, you’d find short odds that he will do this again for Villa this time around.