Less than 12 months on from his decision to turn down Rafa Benitez and Newcastle in favour of a loan move to Swansea, it’s fair to say Tammy Abraham got it horribly wrong – and so did Lee Trundle, who had a lot to say about his decision this time last year.
Trundle – a former Swansea forward and club legend – came out and praised Abraham’s decision to opt for the Swans back in July last year, taking a pop at Newcastle in the process.
To say these comments have backfired is an understatement. He claimed we were no longer a big club after being relegated twice in the last decade, crediting Swansea as an ‘established’ top flight side who play good football and develop young players.
12 months on and they’ve been relegated, we’ve finished in the top 10 and they’ve played played anything but good football – ending the season the league’s lowest scorers. Not to mention the fact Abraham struggled for starts over the second half of their dismal season.
So, it’s fair to say Trundle (and Abraham) got it horribly, horribly wrong. Here’s what Lee had to say when the 20-year-old turned down Rafa and NUFC for Swansea and Paul Clement back in July 2017:
“To say they are a massive club is just not right. Massive clubs do not get relegated out of the Premier League twice within the space of a decade.”
“Of the two clubs, Swansea have established themselves in the Premier League, while Newcastle — no matter what they have done previously — are newly-promoted.
“Swansea have a track record of developing young players, and of producing a style of football that tests a player’s technical ability.
“I saw there was a suggestion he was advised not to go to Newcastle because of the nightlife, but I personally think it would have been far more about what he would get out of the on-field experience at each club and I think coming to Swansea will be the right move for Tammy and the club.”
Oh dear! This has well and truly backfired and it’s hard not to chuckle given the direction both Newcastle and Swansea have gone in since he made these comments.
What’s amusing is Abraham has been linked with a move to Newcastle once again this week, with TEAMtalk claiming Benitez is keen to bring him in on loan for the 2018/19 season.
I actually think he’s a brilliant young talent and someone who’d do well at NUFC, but that ship may have sailed now.