There was news in the Mirror that Newcastle manager would like to bring Chelsea’s young England striker Tammy Abraham on loan next season.
Rafa tried to do the same thing last summer, but we missed out on the 20-year-old who joined Swansea City instead.
That turned out to be a poor choice and Swansea were relegated, and in the second half of the season after Carlos Carvalhal was appointed, he was not a regular starter.
Carlos left Swansea earlier this month.
Tammy scored 8 goals and had 5 assists in 39 total games for the Swans last season.
When Rafa rates a player, he doesn’t give up on them after one mediocre season, and Tammy has speed and skill that Rafa could bring out at Newcastle.
Tammy Abraham – in action against Manchester City last season
He did exactly that with Kenedy and if Newcastle do approach Chelsea for the striker both Chelsea and Abraham could be keen on the loan deal.
We assume Robert Keney will give Rafa, the fans, and Newcastle in general a strong recommendation.
But Chelsea will want to ensure that Abraham gets enough playing time under Rafa.
And if Rafa signs another striker permanently this summer – which is expected – we have to believe that both Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle will be sold.
That will allow Abraham to get some playing time at Newcastle where Rafa usually uses only one striker up front although he did use 4-4-2 a number of times last season.
Rafa will want an option to buy the striker in his loan contract, and there’s a slight chance Rafa could try to sign Abraham permanently this summer if Chelsea agree to sell him.
That would be a risk for Newcastle but could pay off in the long run.
It depends on how highly Rafa rates the player but the manager will be looking for some bargain buys this summer.
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