Following on from last season’s successful loan spell of Ruben Loftus-Cheek from Stamford Bridge, it’s being reported today that manager Roy Hodgson could go back to Chelsea with hopes of securing striker Tammy Abraham for the season of 2018/19.
With Christian Benteke’s future still in doubt but the heavy expectation being that he will move on this summer, January signing Alexander Sorloth is yet to open his club account and injury-hit Connor Wickham will need more time to get back to full speed and fitness given his last game came in November 2016.
Abraham shot to prominence during 2016/17 and a loan spell with Bristol City where he found the net 26 times. Last season he was at the Liberty Stadium with Swansea City, and despite their own disappointing relegation, he did still largely impress at points and scored eight times for them.
With Chelsea seeing how we helped bring on Loftus-Cheek, it’s certainly not a shot in the dark to suggest we could go back again with striker issues of our own and whilst short-term in nature, it could work for all parties and buy us a bit of breathing room at the top of the pitch.
Hodgson’s certainly not against doing a deal that would see Loftus-Cheek return but I can’t see that happening myself, however, I’d love to be wrong.. Abraham would be a good option though and if he hit the ground running with us there’s probably a greater chance of a permanent deal being done down the line as well.