If This Striker Is Signed – Mitrovic And Gayle Almost Certain To Leave

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.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


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8 comments so far

  • Geordie-john

    May 26, 2018 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #1

    Why are we talking more lone deals ? Unless we have another striker lined up maybe ? Chelsea will loan us Abraham but will they give us the option to buy at the end ? Look at Kenedy ! No disrespect to Rafa but we have just developed Kenedy and doubled his price tag in the process.

  • Bianconeri

    May 26, 2018 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #2

    If we want to loan anyone from chelski we should try for Michy Batshuayi,with a buy clause in it.

  • jazzyp

    May 26, 2018 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #3

    Early days I know but the links and chit chat are following an all to familiar pattern.
    Rumours and nothing positive to grab hold of as yet apart from player sales on the cheap

  • Bianconeri

    May 26, 2018 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Looks like we could lose another good youngen through incompetence.Alex Gilliead.

  • kc2012

    May 26, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Bianconeri #2

    Totally agree with you on Batshuayi, exactly what we need

  • ToonHamster

    May 26, 2018 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #6

    Tammy Abraham coming in would certainly not mean that Mitrovic and Gayle would be almost certain to leave…
    In fact, if only Abraham came in then I would be certain that Gayle would stay!

  • dig-n-dig22

    May 26, 2018 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Tammy had his chance to come last season but he obviously thought we were relegation fodder.
    enough said.

  • Magpie 48

    May 26, 2018 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    As you are only allowed to take one player from a club would much rather have Kenedy back. Personally I don’t think that Abraham is any better than what we have at the moment. Rafa knows more than I do but for me leave him alone and go for a proven striker.


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