Some might say that the least of Aston Villa’s worries right now should be their striking options – Tammy Abraham a consistent performer in an otherwise inconsistent side – but the truth is that the Chelsea loanee is unlikely to remain past the end of the season.
The England international has proven that he has what it takes to thrive in the Championship and will be looking at making waves either at Chelsea or another Premier League side next season, Villa looking unlikely to be able to mount a late bid for promotion via the play offs.
A new striker is therefore a must and they could do with someone who brings the rest of the players into the game, Abraham perhaps not the most multi-faceted hitman that they could have leading the line.
Step forward Aberdeen’s Sam Cosgrove, the 6’3″ (source: Transfermarkt) colossus proving to be a goal machine north of the border with 17 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions.
The 22-year-old has hit the ground running of late – with just three of the last eleven Premiership games seeing him fail to find the back of the net.
His manager seems to think that English sides will be chasing his capture in the summer, despite admitting there were no formal moves made in the winter window – and Villa have to be on this bandwagon.
Derek McInnes told the Scottish Sun: “I know a lot of clubs down south are aware Sam is doing well. You would do at the rate he is scoring goals. I am sure there will be a lot of teams having a look but for us there were no offers and no concrete talks in January.”
Villa will need at least one new striker through the door – Scott Hogan fighting for his future after being shipped out on loan – and Cosgrove fits the bill like a glove.