Newcastle need strikers this summer and as well as a marquee forward, we also need depth in this area. Joselu, Mitrovic and Gayle are all likely to depart so we need depth too. If we say spend £30m on strikers, we may be better off spending the majority of the budget on a top striker and getting a loan to support the squad. An option to consider is Chelsea player Tammy Abraham.
It would be a controversial move after he famously turned us down for Swansea last summer. He did so at the 11th hour after weeks of negotiating and Rafa travelling to meet him on a few occasions. It would be unpopular with Toon fans initially and rightly so, after all, you do not forget being turned down for Swansea City of all clubs. They have been relegated while we finished in the top half, but it doesn’t mean a move next year still wouldn’t suit us and make some sense.
He went to Swansea as we know and although he’s not set the world alight, his 8 goals and 5 assists will have shown Rafa that he’s capable at this level. Chelsea will almost certainly loan him out again and Rafa will be ready to take him. Swansea went down so he won’t be going back there, and Chelsea and Abraham have also seen just how good NUFC is to go out on loan to given how well Kenedy did. He would be a good option to come off the bench and push a more experienced front man.
One issue which might not make it work is you can only loan one player from the same club, so it may be tied to the pursuit of Kenedy, as if we are loan one of them you know who the priority would be.
Would you give Abraham a second chance?
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About Simon Riddlesden
Lifelong Newcastle United fan and East Stand season ticket holder. Observations from a supporter who has followed NUFC during Champions League participation and through relegation, taking me from Milan to Scunthorpe.