News tonight in the Mirror that Swansea City have won the race to sign Tammy Abraham on loan for next season, after they were fairly late arrivals to the scene, with Newcastle and Brighton the early favorites to sign the 19 year-old striker.
In fact Newcastle were clear favorites to sign the teenager a few weeks ago, but there were always doubts in the mind of Abraham himself that he would get enough playing time at Newcastle.
It seems the presence of former Chelsea coach Paul Clement tipped the balance for Swansea, so hopefully Rafa Benitez will now turn to another striker – maybe also on loan – to try to bring them into the club.
19 year-old Tammy Abraham has chosen Swansea for loan deal
Paul Clement was the right hand man to Carlo Ancelotti at Stamford Bridge when the Italian was there from 2009 through 2011.
Newcastle have been working on this deal for a good few weeks and it’s now been wasted time, but you win some and you lose some.
We’d prefer it if Rafa brought in strikers that were either signed by Newcastle outright or where we had them on loan but with an option or obligation to buy at the end of the season.
In the case of Abraham it seemed to all be to Chelsea’s favor if he became a better player under the world-class coaching of Newcastle manager Benitez.
Newcastle would also gain of course, from the goals he would have scored for us but it was a long term proposition.
It’s been a frustrating time for Newcastle and about one or two weeks ago it didn’t really look like the young striker was all that keen to join Newcastle – but that’s now in retrospect.
What do you think?