Telegraph: Villa eye Abraham and Tuanzebe returns, Davis loan exit off

Aston Villa are reportedly keen on bringing back former loanees Tammy Abraham and Axel Tuanzebe this summer to bolster Dean Smith’s squad.

Both players were pivotal figures in our promotion back to the Premier League three years ago, but went on to return to their respective parent clubs and have experienced varying levels of success since.

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With the pair seemingly set to struggle for regular playing time in the upcoming campaign, it appears as though speculation over their futures has increased as we edge towards the latter stages of the transfer window.

As per The Telegraph, Villa are said to want to secure reunions with the duo, as we look to continue to strengthen the squad ahead of trying to break into the European qualification spots this season.

Following Bjorn Engels’ departure last month, Smith will want to fill that void in defence to ensure he has adequate competition and depth on the right side of the central defensive pairing, while Abraham would provide much-needed quality beyond Ollie Watkins in the final third.

Time will tell if deals can be done and whether or not either would be a permanent transfer or perhaps if both would initially be temporary switches, but Villa are said to be interested and will pursue those deals in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, the report above goes on to add that Keinan Davis has suffered an injury setback which will rule him out of action for the next two months, and so Villa’s plans to loan him out have been called off while he recovers.

Davis impressed in cameo appearances last season, but it’s clear that he needs a more prominent role to improve and develop his game in order to make a bigger impact.

Villa would have hoped that a loan spell elsewhere would have helped with that process, but unfortunately that will have to be postponed for now as he recovers from his setback.

Naturally, speculation is focused on Jack Grealish’s future currently amid ongoing links with Manchester City, but it remains to be seen if a deal is done for that transfer to go through, or if our skipper can still be convinced to stay and put pen to paper on a new contract and lead us onto bigger and better things in the coming years.