Report: Villa eye Chelsea starlet

By Graham Hill

ASTON Villa are planning to use the John Terry factor to find a replacement for Tammy Abraham next season.

On-loan Abraham has already said he plans to return to Stamford Bridge next season to further his opportunities at club and international level.

But Villa, according to Football Insider, want another Chelsea starlet to take his place.

Villa are thought to be considering a move for teenager Martell Taylor-Crossdale who is out of contract this summer.

That means Villa could get the 19-year-old on a free transfer.

Much would depend on what division Villa are playing in next season.

But Taylor-Crossdale has expressed an ambition to play in the Premier League – however, it looks as though he may not get the chance to do that with Chelsea.

Parallels have been drawn with Callum Hudson-Odoi who believes he may have to move to Germany to get regular top flight football.

Taylor-Crossdale has scored 35 goals in 52 games for Chelsea’s Under-18s and seven in 29 for the Under-23s.

He is also a current England Under-20 international and Terry will be well aware of the young talent coming through the ranks at his former club. But Southampton are also though to be interested in Taylor-Crossdale.

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