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This Could Be A Spanner In The Works For Newcastle

While we were hoping the Tammy Abraham loan deal was very much in Newcastle’s favor, there’s a worrying  report in the Telegraph today that the 19 year-old will delay his decision until he has talked to Brighton manager Chris Hughton, who is also keen to sign the striker on loan.

It had been hoped that after Rafa Benitez had talked to the player earlier this week at St. George’s Park, he would sign along the dotted line.

19 year-old Tammy Abraham – may prefer playing closer to home at Brighton

But it seems the Chelsea striker  may even fancy playing for Brighton & Hove Albion next season for a couple of reasons:

  1. He will get more playing time at Brighton where he will definitely be the number one striker while that’s not true at Newcastle
  2. He lives in Surrey and would be a lot closer to his family if he did spend the season on the south coast.

It just goes to show you that nothing is final until it’s final – or as Yogi Berra would put it  –  it aint over till it’s over.

So Tammy has still to make a final decision on his loan deal, but it’s between Brighton and Newcastle with Brighton initially being the club expected to sign Tammy until Newcastle moved in earlier this week.

If Tammy decides on Brighton it’s because of the location of Newcastle up in the north-east, but we cannot do much about that now –  can we?

We are still hoping Tammy will sign for Newcastle on that season long loan deal, but if he doesn’t then Rafa and Lee Charnley will still need to bring two strikers in – with one possibly on loan.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #1

    If the boy has no intention of quitting Chelsie and Brighton offer him more game time, Which I would think they will, I would have thought he would choose Brighton.
    Surely he would only ever be 3-4 th choice forward at Nufc with not as much game time as Brighton can offer

  • BlacknWhiteBarmy

    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #2

    If he doesn’t want to commit so be it – not worth fighting for.

    What does get me going is Penfold going in with crazy offers – that immediately get rejected but our intentions are then flagged and other teams move in to close a deal – all for the sake of a few million (sic)

  • Mister Tuff

    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #3

    Thought this lad is quite decent but if he is equivocating he needs to be told (please excuse my coarse expression) to F*** Off.

  • geordiemark

    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I am not bothered if he signs or not really, we need other departments that need quality players and quick, a number 10, defenders, midfielders


    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #5

    Lad wants to know all his options before making a decision? He might priorities playing time over bridges as well?
    Aye not for us we like our players to have no care for their career and to like sitting on a bench thank u very much

  • The Newcastle Armchair

    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #6


    Agree with you on that one.

    In my experience as a football manager, the best way to have a successful summer is to get the lads in and out quickly, offer sums of cash that’s other clubs can’t compete with and pay for them over four years, allowing the budget to be spent very slowly.

    That’s why I’ve taken stoke to the champions league, bear in mind it’s only been 3 years in


  • Charlietoon

    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #7

    According to you Ed we signed him yesterday

  • stestickle

    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #8

    This kids not the quality we need yet big potential did well in championship from 12 yards out but have not seen much off his all round game seems to time and leap well scored a lot of tap-ins and a few pens and we have own home grown young striker with potential just as big just a bit of a short arse but lighting quick and a natural finisher

  • Nufc-83

    Jun 3, 2017 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #9

    Not seen much of him apart from his goals but he looks like his movement and reading of the game (especially in the box) is already top class (or he had a lucky season ??). People worried about him being a loan from Chelsea surely only have to look at lukaku to see it is not a big deal. Bottom line is you can be a top class prem striker and you still may be 2nd or 3rd choice so if you want game time the only option is to move and if he has done well at us and played in the stadium etc we could be in pole position.

  • chicousa

    Jun 3, 2017 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Classic “cold feet” symptom before making a big decision. Newcastle should turn up the heat on Tammy and tell him he has 24 hours to agree or deal is off the table! Otherwise he can jerk us around for a couple of weeks because he has nothing to lose by waiting. Rafa does not have the luxury of waiting if he wants to get his players in by July 3rd!

  • welshgeordie9

    Jun 3, 2017 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #11

    If this kid is that good, how come top teams in the prem not in for him, another one who likes to do the waiting game.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jun 3, 2017 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #12

    Welsh – top teams may not have gone in for him because the top teams already have one or two better strikers available to them.

    And even if a top team did go in for him, do you think Chelsea would loan him out to a direct rival?

  • pablos left foot

    Jun 3, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Yep, his big talent seems to be picking up the loose ball in the box, but haven’t seen much else to shout about. Sure, he scored a hat full for Bristol last season but most Premier teams would have cleared them out before that chance arose.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 3, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #14

    If he’s even considering Brighton who, let’s face it, are not exactly outside odds for dropping straight back down, then he should be told that’s where he can go and bon chance.

  • Phil K

    Jun 3, 2017 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #15

    Not something new, is it ? A southerner not wanting to go beyond Teddington ? Getting a nose bleed outside southern safe zone – as if the north is some kind of “Cursed Earth” (Media have a lot to do with THAT)
    We should make a go for Batsyi-something or other also breaking through at Chelsea

  • lesh

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #17

    The lad doesn’t have to talk to Brighton, he wants to and for me, he’s obviously more concerned with staying darn sarf. If he wants to choose between us and them, then that’s enough for me to say we should just walk away from him.

  • Charlietoon

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Brighton will make him first or second choice. For us he will be second or third and we generally only play one. That’s why he is waiting

  • Nufc-83

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Really hopeful on Mbabu I hope he gets his chance at FB next season. Second fastest player in the world eh would not av expected that in a million years.

  • giimps

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Ron, I mentioned Mbabu yesterday I think , I would keep him and extend his contract, he’s been playing at a reasonably high level , has the ability , can catch pigeons and can cover both FB positions although a natural rb has already shown us he can cut it vs prem big boys man citeh and chelski on his wrong side, it makes him even more important that he’s played wingback too.
    I like him, his attitude and physique ,stamina and pace are all traits I would like to see in more of our youngsters……go on Rafa ,turn him into a galactico

  • giimps

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #21

    I wonder if Chelski are throwing a spannerbin the works with the Tammy Brighton story, they’re probably scared in case we take that newly acquired league title off them if we get him ……………yeah, that must be it.

  • giimps

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Either that or Tammy don’t realize they can ship jellied eels and warm beer up norf

  • giimps

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Did anyone notice were officially a premier league side now, since June 1st we have moved to the list of premier league sides on news now ……..hooray

  • Tinman

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Kevin Mbabu, the Newcastle United player currently out on loan in Switzerland with Young Boys, has been recorded with a top speed of 36.1km/h.

    “The record has been made during a game against FC Thun, sprinting for a defensive task, and finishing by a spectacular sliding tackle.

    “It makes him the second fastest player in the world, just behind Gareth Bale (36.9km/h), measured on a official football game.

    “Kevin Mbabu has been training with a personal performance coach in order to improve his skills, speed and explosiveness.

    I never had any idea that Mbabu was that quick. Of course it’s hard to measure during a game, but I do find that surprising.

  • Tinman

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #25

    BTW the Chronicle website is a joke. Hardly works because of all the ads on there. Pathetic really.

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 3, 2017 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #26


    Wasn’t there a story that Mbabu wanted to stay where he was? This could be old news, of course!

  • lochinvar

    Jun 3, 2017 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #27

    Tammy needs to think about how he’s going to fit into a team, what he can contribute and the players around him.
    At Brighton he may be isolated by the nature of that team and how they will have to play so may not see much action.
    Alternatively he could play alongside some dynamic players and new signings in front of 53,000 fans in a cauldron of passion.
    If he’s up for it he comes to Newcastle.
    If not he goes home for tea each night in London.

    You only get one bite.

  • toon22

    Jun 3, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #28

    If Tammy has doubts its best he goes elsewhere.
    Its not as if he is some world class player,hes an exelent prospect and thats all.
    Imho if he dont arrive it just means we move onto the next target.

  • magspuggy

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #29

    If there is no option to buy i would not touch the kid.

    I can also understand him wanting to know he will be no 1 striker and staying close to home

    Its a risk coming here and not being played much but a year with rafa would make him a better player.

    The quicker we buy wor new striker and number 10 the better but i wont mind dejong coming back to replace diame.

    When does wor pre season tour start ??

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #30

    re. previous thread, I read somewhere that Rafa is in fact tracking someone called Harvey, don;t know much about him other than he is white and furry.

  • Munster Mag

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #31

    Lads stop squealing like girls who have been stood up on a date. It’s a bug decision for the lad. Personally I wud choose Brighton if it gave me more game time under a good coach closer to home.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m with Bobby on the signing of Abraham, we have two promising players in the same age bracket in Heardman and Armstrong, 3 if Toney is included. If we are going to sign another striker why not an experienced one such as Gomez of Schalke (I think)

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #33

    You such a funny guy 😀

  • ShirebrookToon

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Come on Juve!!

  • Novocastrian66

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Our No1 CF should not be a loan player. We are Newcastle United and we are not a feeder club. We should more be on.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #36

    More game time under a good coach who potentially will spend the season struggling to stay out of the bottom three. Hmm. But hey, I’ll be a short trip away from the shops and clubs in London. Anybody ever commuted from London to Brighton lately btw? It’s as quick to get there from Newcastle 🙂

  • Tsunki

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:56 PM

    Comment #37

    I think Abraham might have to concede that if he doesn’t step up big time he’s not going to be first choice in any PL team soon. I doubt he’s a top striker target.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #38

    Watching Juve and Real Madrid, it strikes me just how many basic two yard passes are successful versus a team like ours (especially when we had Sissoko) who can’t string a few basic passes together consistently throughout a game. It really is a discipline and concentration thing. Makes you wonder how much emphasis is placed on the real basics of the game like passing, hitting an accurate cross into the box, taking a good corner kick, etc.

  • magspuggy

    Jun 3, 2017 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #39

    @ nova
    Thats the point mate tammy wont be number 1 at nufc

    He knows it .

    Like i said yesterday if we are going to risk a youngin he will be one we own.

  • jazzyp

    Jun 3, 2017 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #40

    If we gonna get a loan striker in who we have no chance of signing on a permanent, Then why not go for Batshuayi who would be a first team starter. Rather than a bench warmer


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