Aston Villa seem set to be dealt a blow as Wolves are likely to swoop in for Tammy Abraham after both the Football Association and the Premier League approved a hypothetical deal that will see the on-loan Chelsea forward register and play for his third club in a single season.
Sky Sports have reported that because Abraham has been based entirely in England for the 18/19 season thus far, the final decision on any potential deal that will take Abraham to Wolverhampton will fall with the FA. The FA will seek approval for their decision from FIFA - but the decision seems to firmly fall into the hands of the domestic FA. Which is bad news for Villa fans who had been hoping that Abraham’s case would follow that of Hatem Ben Arfa’s - a player who was refused permission to register for Nice after playing for both Newcastle (reserves) and Hull City. Right now, it seems that Wolves want their man - and will fight for him - but they still have a small hill to climb. After speculation over the past week regarding Tammy Abraham, it looks like this will be a crucial week for his future.
Earlier in the week, Chelsea ruled out any sale of Abraham and it appears that Wolves will loan the forward for the remainder of the season in a move that looks to be a gut punch for Villa. Villa are strong in attack, but their two first-team forwards in Scott Hogan and Jonathan Kodjia have hit a run of poor form at the worst possible time.
Discontent at Abraham’s actions surfaced on social media - criticising the passionate strikers enthusiastic chest-thumping and badge-kissing celebrations, but what else is Tammy meant to do? Celebrate in silence? It is very clear that he has done almost all he can at Championship level as an individual - and is desperate to prove himself at the highest level. It seems likely he will be given a chance to do so - but there’s still a big ‘if’ that could scupper this deal.
Wolves are surely smart enough to know that their man is in their grasp. Oh, why can’t they find another Mendes man?