Dean Smith: Tammy Abraham only one aspect of Aston Villa's firepower
Villa boss Dean Smith has warned Albion against focusing all their efforts on stopping Tammy Abraham in Friday's derby showdown declaring: “We can score from anywhere.”
Abraham has scored in four successive games and plundered seven goals in the process.
Smith believes such a record ensures he will draw the bulk of the attention from the Baggies defence but is confident the Chelsea loan star is far from the only threat in Villa’s ranks.
Nine different players have found the net in the past four games and Smith said: “With the form that Tammy’s in, it’d be amiss of them to not concentrate on what he’s doing - and look to nullify him. But if they try to do that, we’ve got an awful lot of forward options who are getting goals.
“Tammy has got seven in four, but the 17 goals we’ve got in the last five games have come from all areas.
“We’ve got a lot of firepower. We’re not just reliant on Tammy, and that gives us confidence.”
Abraham, who has 11 goals in 14 appearances since joining Villa on deadline day, has also impressed Smith off the pitch.
“Tammy’s just a very nice person, to be honest,” said the boss. “He’s mixed in well. From the first moment I came in, I told him what I expected from him.
“He knew JT from Chelsea as well and he’s adapted really well. He looks like he’s really enjoying his football.”
Reports this week claimed Abraham could be set for a January recall from his parent club but Smith is confident he will remain at Villa.
"Eddie Newton (from Chelsea) came to see him the other week," he said.
"Tammy came here to play games and he's done that. Eddie was really happy with how everything is going.
"I see no reason for that not to continue as he's playing games and scoring goals.
"That's part of his development for Chelsea."
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has admitted there is a “chance” Villa target Tom Heaton could leave the club in January.