It was announced on Wednesday that Newcastle United target Tammy Abraham had opted against a move to Tyneside, with reports confirming that the 19-year-old striker was set to join Swansea on loan instead.
It is believed that Abraham was keen to be re-united with his former Chelsea youth team manager Paul Clement at Swansea, however the Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has today revealed the biggest factor that swayed his decision.
In a piece today on the NUFC transfers, Mark commented on Benitez’s pursuit of Abraham and stated that Swansea offered Abraham first-team assurances that Newcastle were not prepared to, claiming that the Chelsea prospect was NOT in fact Newcastle’s main striking target this summer.
This makes a lot of sense, and here’s why..
Abraham may have had an outstanding season at Bristol City last year, scoring 23 Championship goals in a struggling side, but I question whether Newcastle could really afford to offer a 19-year-old week in week out starts in the Premier League?
It would’ve been a huge risk. He may be one of England’s most exciting prospects, but he has just one season of senior football under his belt.
Last time we relied on a highly rated young striker to deliver the goods in the Premier League (Aleksandar Mitrovic) we got relegated. I don’t think Benitez would risk making the same mistake again.
Swansea are clearly prepared to promise him the regular Premier League football he and Chelsea desires, but it is no surprise that we weren’t. Could we really have relied on a 19-year-old striker with no top flight experience to do the business next season?