Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is confident Tammy Abraham will not be recalled from his loan spell by Chelsea in January.

The young striker has been in blistering form of late, scoring seven times in his last four appearances.

There have been murmurs that Chelsea are looking to bringing Abraham back to Stamford Bridge next month, however, with both Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud struggling to impress.

Smith believes his key man will remain at Villa Park for the whole season, though, as his side look to earn promotion back to the Premier League:

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All I can say is that we’ve got a number of players on loan and they have people watching them all the time.

Eddie Newton (Chelsea’s loans manager) came up the other week. He came here to play games and he’s playing games.

Eddie Newton was really happy with how everything was going and I see no reason to not see him continuing here.

He’s playing games and scoring goals and that’s part of his development for Chelsea.

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Smith was speaking in his pre-West Brom press conference, as Villa head to their local rivals on Friday night.

It is another vital Championship clash, between the third-place Baggies and Smith’s men, who currently sit eighth.

Abraham is sure to be a vital presence in Villa’s attack, as he looks to add to his 11 goals this season.