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How Rafa Sealed The Deal With Tammy Abraham – Amazing Commitment

The news today is that Newcastle are very close to signing 19 year-old Tammy Abraham on loan for the season and it seems it was Rafa Benitez who went out of his way to seal the deal.

But that will come as no surprise to Newcastle fans.

The Mail are reporting today that Rafa was so anxious to get the young striker tied up at Newcastle that he travelled to the England training HQ at St George’s Park to seal the deal.

And it’s reported the day he visited Abraham was his 19th wedding anniversary, so we wonder if his wife Maria de Montserrat went with him?

Mr and Mrs Benitez 

Rafa has a very understanding and patient wife who knows Rafa’s simply obsessed with football.

And Maria de Montserrat is very successful in her own right and she is highly educated with a PhD and  extremely active in all kinds of charity work and has earned the nickname – The Angel Of Kindness.

As well as being completely obsessed with football Rafa is very much a family man with two teenage daughters – we wonder how much they know about football tactics and how to defend against corners?


The 19 year-old striker was at England’s training base and preparing for this summer’s U-21 European Championships to be held in Poland and takes place from 16-30 June.

Tammy had a good season on loan last season scoring 26 goals for Bristol City.

Bristol manager Lee Johnson said this about the striker earlier this year:

“He’s been a fantastic signing for us.” 

“We appreciate it from Chelsea, but we’ve done well for Tammy and Chelsea.”

“The market value has shot up on him, if they ever want to sell him, but also we’ve helped develop him.”

“That only comes from Tammy being such a good lad and working as hard as he has.

“This will be an unbelievable learning curve for him.”

It looks like the loan signing of Tammy Abraham could be wrapped up in the next day or so – pity we couldn’t get him with an option to buy in the loan contract.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #1

    Not sure yet mate. Like you say where we’re travelling from it’s the extra costs of that and also being able to get to the games.

  • hibbit

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    loved the last player we had that played for Bristol City……. ANDY COLE

  • jazzyp

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Again could be a great player.
    But is he any better than what we already have??
    I don’t give two hoots about nurturing and making someone into a better player if ultimately we get nothing out of it.
    Is he going to be our no1 striker… no. Will he play before Gayle… no.
    Will he play before Mitro ?.. maybe.
    I just don’t see where this deal improves the first team

  • lesh

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #4

    If anyone’s looking for an interesting read between transfer speculation, have a click on Archeomag’s link.

    And speaking of interesting reads, WWSBRD you can’t be serious about the Sun being an awful paper. It’s one of Murdoch’s brands and as such an organ that helps inform the great thinkers of the country by explaining the complexities of politics among other things with ease and objectivity!

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #5

    Are there any rumours about Nitro staying or going?

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #6


    When I want objectivity I go to the Mail!

  • nightfa11

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    Not really fond of this transfer.. He’s a good player, nobody can argue that.. It’s just that he’s only 19, with very few experiences.. And a loan move with no option to buy him at the end..Basically we’re just improving rivals players.. I’d understand such deal for a proven striker we can’t afford..but for a kid.. Not sure..


    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #8

    Haha am just patiently waiting for Newcastle to join the growing list of clubs to ban it

  • jazzyp

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #9


    Trust me mate as much as watching every home game in the stands is a brilliant feeling.You will find it impractical from where we live.
    I’ve tried it mate, I have my own company and have no one to answer to, Yet still found it hard to get to every home game.
    And quite a few are midweek matches now which means arriving back home abt 1 in the morning


    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #10

    Mate we’ve got 1 decent striker in Gayle and hes got hamstring issues, we are recently promoted and we dont have this huge transfer fund people seem to think we do, getting in a hungry young (very good) striker for atleast a season for very little money is a good deal

  • nightfa11

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #11

    Unless rafas plan is to make Tammy fall in love with nufc, and convince him to put in a transfer request at chelsea 😀

  • jazzyp

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    I 100% believe Rafa will bring in another forward to rival Gayle.
    And unless Mitro is sold, That makes Abraham 4th choice striker.
    Once again what are we really gonna achieve out of this deal apart from the player learning what it takes from Rafa, And then applying this at his adopted club

  • lesh

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #13

    Ron Knee

    Ah yes, the.Mail. How could anyone not applaud its impartiality. Along with Sky, Fox,The Times Express and of course the Telegraph, we are blessed with an abundance of objective media.

    Without them, how could voters decide who is strong, stable and determined to right the wrongs that exist in this great land of ours. Even the Beeb’s trying to emulate them!

  • nightfa11

    Jun 2, 2017 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #14


    agree on that, but kids are still a gamble.. If Gayle gets injured and if we sell Murphy and mitro.. Can a 19 year old lead our attack? We need another top striker.. But if we sign that, Tammy will become a bench warmer.. Will maybe make a few appearances..

  • north east lincs toon

    Jun 2, 2017 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #15

    Yawn yawn can’t wait for transfer window to close never mind open

  • DeadGrizzly

    Jun 2, 2017 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Mangala transfer reminds me of Sakho to Palace. Could work out. Fernando ain’t a bad player.

    Thauvin money and a few other unwanted players could fund this and add to the PL squad.


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