The pundit used in column in the Chronicle to vent his anger at the Chelsea youngsters decision today, not only taking a dig at Abraham himself but Swansea football club and manager Paul Clement.
Here’s his comments in full today:
“I have to say I am extremely disappointed in Tammy Abraham. If he really is set to choose Swansea City over Newcastle United, I would seriously question his decision. It shouldn’t take me to tell him that Newcastle is a far bigger football club than Swansea.
I admit I didn’t release just how huge a club Newcastle was until I signed, but I always knew it was a big club. It’s obvious to any outside that Newcastle is one of the top few clubs in the country. And you just have to look at the situation at both clubs at the moment as well.
At St James’ Park there is a club on the up with a world-class manager who can really go places if Rafa Benitez is backed. At the Liberty Stadium, you have a club who only just survived last season and will likely to battling relegation again next term.
True Abraham is only going to be loaned out for a single season, but does he want to experience playing football in front of a pressurised environment? St James’ Park, in front of 52,000 passionate Geordies, is the place for that.
This claim that Abraham rejected Newcastle because of the nightlife seems pathetic to me as well. It’s a cracking night out in the city, and players should be able to enjoy that – but all in moderation. If he can’t trust himself to work hard on the training field and then every now and again let some steam off down the Quayside then perhaps he is better off not coming to the North East.
What frustrates me about this situation though is it strikes me as a football failing to think for himself. Undoubtedly an agent has got into his ear and wrongly advised him that Swansea is the club for him next season.
That is total rubbish. Rafa is the manager who can make Abraham realise his potential. Paul Clement seems to be a decent coach, but Rafa is on a different level altogether.
I don’t know Abraham personally and I don’t know his exact reasons for choosing Swansea over Newcastle but, quite frankly, any excuse would be weak in my eyes. If he doesn’t realise that, then perhaps it’s best he has chosen to go elsewhere after all.”
Mick makes some valid points and does not hold back, but some of his comments are perhaps a little strong given we don’t know the ins and outs of the deal Swansea were offering in comparison to Newcastle’s.
I agree, if we had offered the same terms and regular first team football as Swansea, then his decision to play it safe could be described as a ‘weak’ one, but until we know the full details, it’s hard to make such strong judgements.