Tammy thanks JT for giv­ing him a heads-up

Birmingham Post - - SPORT - GREGG EVANS Foot­ball Writer

AS­TON VILLA have held dis­cus­sions with Chelsea about Tammy Abra­ham’s loan sit­u­a­tion – and are hop­ing the sea­son-long agree­ment stands.

Re­ports emerged at the week­end sug­gest­ing Abra­ham’s par­ent club are con­sid­er­ing a re­call for the in-form striker in Jan­uary, an op­tion they can take up if they wish.

How­ever, Villa as­sis­tant boss John Terry has spo­ken with of­fi­cials at Stam­ford Bridge al­ready this sea­son, and head coach Dean Smith has also kept up to date with the sit­u­a­tion.

Smith be­lieves Abra­ham is en­joy­ing his foot­ball, the ex­tra work with Terry on the train­ing field, and the chal­lenge of get­ting Villa back into the Pre­mier League.

He’s hop­ing the close links with the club will see Chelsea al­low Abra­ham to stick around and con­tinue his goalscor­ing spree. He al­ready has 11 for the sea­son and seven in his last four games.

Abra­ham has put his pro­lific scor­ing streak down to his new hair­cut.

He has the best goalscor­ing ra­tio in the Cham­pi­onship and said: “I’ve been work­ing on my head­ing – you can tell by my new trim! I just wanted to try some­thing new. The other day I had a header which went over the bar so I said ‘you know what, I am go­ing to get a new trim’.

“I got one and scored two good head­ers (against Not­ting­ham For­est). I will def­i­nitely be keep­ing it now. I love get­ting in the right ar­eas. I couldn’t do it with­out the team.

“They cre­ate great chances for me and it is about keep­ing go­ing, even if I miss a chance. I came here to score goals and help this team as much as pos­si­ble.

“Teams will be look­ing at us and hope­fully be scared. With the play­ers we have here we will al­ways cre­ate chances.”

Abra­ham has also cred­ited with help­ing him im­prove his prow­ess.

“I have been work­ing with John on head­ing and it paid off,” said the 21-year-old. “Hope­fully I can keep get­ting in the right ar­eas to keep scor­ing. It is a bit weird be­cause I still see JT as a player. He is like a big brother to me. On Tues­day af­ter train­ing we spent an hour just work­ing on my head­ing.

“It paid off so when I scored (against For­est) I ded­i­cated the cel­e­bra­tion to him. He has al­ways sup­ported me ever since a young age.

“The first time I went with the first team at Chelsea he put his arm around me and made me feel wel­come and more com­fort­able. Com­ing here it is the same.”

Abra­ham says Terry has adapted well to his new role and was al­ready Terry ae­rial hugely re­spected in the dress­ing room af­ter be­ing cap­tain at Villa last sea­son.

“It is nice to have him as the as­sis­tant man­ager,” he said. “He knows the boys well af­ter play­ing here last sea­son.’’

Yan­nick Bo­lasie, on loan from Ever­ton, is be­gin­ning to make a real im­pact un­der Smith. He has started the last two matches and chipped in with two as­sists in­side a week.

Wor­ry­ingly for Cham­pi­onship de­fend­ers, the DR Congo in­ter­na­tional says there’s more to come from him.

“I’m en­joy­ing it, that’s for sure,” he said. “It was my sec­ond start (at Mid­dles­brough) in a week.

“The build-up has been a bit slow. It’s been watched care­fully and man­aged as well.

“That’s the main thing and be­ing able to let me progress. I know there’s room for im­prove­ment. I’m get­ting there slowly, it’s just a mat­ter of time.”

>Tammy Abra­ham scores the sec­ond of his headed goals against For­est and, in­set, men­tor John Terry

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