Tammy Abraham on why Villa deserve Premier League return
Aston Villa striker Tammy Abraham has revealed the reason why Dean Smith's side deserve to beat Derby County in the much-anticipated Championship playoff final to secure promotion to the Premier League.
Villa should be playing at the top level of English football because they have a “fantastic” squad, revealed Abraham.
The 21-year-old is on loan from Chelsea told Express that he has always believed he could help the club return to topflight football.
Abraham further suggested that Villa is moving in the right direction, and the club’s history means it should be in the top flight.
Villa are preparing for a Wembley showdown with Derby County this afternoon, with a place in the Premier League on the line.
“I've always believed since I stepped foot in here that I can help take it back to the top,” Abraham told the club’s official website.
"It deserves to be at the top now because of our fantastic players and coaches, not just because history says we should be there.
“I’ve not felt anything but love at this club. From the fans, players, and staff. That stays with you. It's something I'll always carry with me.
“It's a fantastic club, and everything is moving forward in the right direction.”
The striker said reaching the play-off final was nothing more than Villa deserve after a strong end to the season.
The Villans won 10 successive matches toward the end of the season to cement their place in the play-off spots.
“It would mean a lot for me and all the boys to do it at Wembley,” he added.
“I’ve played there a couple of times and experienced the feeling. It's what we deserve for a fantastic ending to the season.”
If they are to win at Wembley, they’ll have to banish the memory of their play-off final heartbreak to Fulham in 2018 after they were edged out by Tom Cairney's goal.
But, the squad is fully fit, with the exception of Orjan Nyland who’s out with an injury.
Meanwhile, Derby County could be without a number of first-team regulars at Wembley with the likes of Martyn Waghorn and Duane Holmes set to be on the sidelines.
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