Tom Carroll has revealed that Tammy Abraham played his role in convincing him to join Aston Villa before the transfer deadline. The ex-Tottenham Hotspur graduate was a surprise signing for the west Midlands side and the move was finalised with just three minutes before the transfer deadline on Thursday.

Speaking on club’s YouTube channel thereafter, Carroll said that the deal was actually in the pipeline from the beginning of the month, though there was not much speculation regarding the same in the media. He added that Abraham also persuaded him to join the Villains after saying fond words about the promotion hopefuls.

He said: “It probably went under the radar a little bit. I’d known about it for a little while but didn’t know if it was going to happen. I heard a few weeks ago (that a move could be possible). But you never really know with football. (In the meantime) I spoke with Tammy and he said good things about the club. There’s probably a bigger pressure here to get out of the league than at most others in the division.”

Villa have been fancied to make another promotion push this term after failing in the Championship playoff final last time around. However, the journey has been much difficult when compared to the previous campaign and they are currently playing catch up to the top six with four points the difference at the moment.

Despite this, there remains the optimism around the club with the glowing form of Abraham upfront and it will be interesting to see whether Carroll can provide the added creativity to make the difference. Villa have recently gone into a trend of playing stalemates but they have a good opportunity to secure three points on Saturday where they face a struggling Reading on the road.