Jack Grealish has revealed how Dean Smith asked him to speak to Tammy Abraham in January to convince the striker to remain at Aston Villa until the end of the season.
Premier League Wolves were seriously interested in the on-loan Chelsea man and the Blues were prepared to let the England international cut short his loan to make the move to Molineux.
However, Abraham surprisingly turned down the chance to join Nuno Espirito Santo’s side, instead staying at Villa Park.
And, Grealish told the Mirror how the manager had asked him to play a part in ensuring Abraham stayed to help Villa’s promotion push.
“I remember the manager ringing me and saying: ‘I know you and Tammy are close – have a word with him.’ I said to him: ‘Listen to your Uncle Jack, when I’m back it will change.’ I was just talking utter rubbish. I didn’t know it would.
“Luckily, I came back and it’s turned out all right. He’s not said anything to me since then. But if we win at Wembley, it’ll be: ‘I told you we’d be all right.”
Abraham is Villa’s top scorer this season with 26 goals and will lead the line for Smith’s men in the play-off final next week.
Everyone connected with Villa will certainly be grateful that Grealish did have a word with his teammate even if we don’t know whether it influenced Abraham’s opinion.
He has been key to getting the side into the play-offs and will be the main attacking threat against Derby next week as well.
It was a brave call and perhaps one he regrets with Wolves qualifying for Europe, but Villa won’t care as he has been a remarkable signing.
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