COMMENT By Matt Farr
It was reported by the Sun newspaper on Sunday (page 63) that Aston Villa were interested in signing young Southampton striker Sam Gallagher.
Aston Villa are believed to be ready to pay £3million to sign him this summer, with the 21-year-old continuing to impress on loan for relegation strugglers Blackburn in the Championship this season.
But despite his good form, which has brought 11 goals and four assists from 39 appearances, Aston Villa should instead turn their sights to one of these exciting young Premier League goalscorers.
With Aston Villa likely to be spending another season in the Championship, there is arguably no better target than someone who has taken the league by storm this season.
Tammy Abraham has been one of the second tier’s top performers, scoring 19 goals from 33 league appearances for Bristol City.
The 19-year-old is currently on loan from Chelsea, but would struggle to land a regular role in the first team at Stamford Bridge next season, so Steve Bruce should offer him an extended stay in the Championship.
Abraham is an exciting young talent with a big future ahead of him, but he can help fire Aston Villa back into the Premier League before fulfilling his potential with Chelsea.
Another Chelsea loanee, Brown could also make a significant impact for Aston Villa next season. The 20-year-old performs best as a secondary striker, but can also thrive in the wider areas.
That versatility makes Brown a great option for Bruce, with Aston Villa currently lacking quality out wide.
The Chelsea youngster has also performed well in the Championship this term, contributing seven goals and six assists whilst on loan at high-flyers Huddersfield.
Like Abraham, it is difficult to see Brown making a significant impact under Antonio Conte next season, and he could allow him to spend another season out on loan to continue his development.
West Ham are expected to continue their search for a new goalscorer in the summer and that could see youngster Ashley Fletcher slip even further down the pecking order.
The 21-year-old has already found first team opportunities few and far between at West Ham this season, and may be granted a move in the summer as Slaven Bilic reshuffles his pack.
Fletcher has struggled to make an impact in the Premier League, failing to score in 13 appearances, but a stint in the Championship could help him rediscover his goalscoring touch.
The Manchester United academy product spent time on loan at League One outfit Barnsley during the 2015-16 campaign, and Aston Villa could offer him similar success.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, in the latest betting update, Villa have been tipped to sign this £16million striker in the summer.