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How Christian Atsu’s Loan Deal Could Lead To Newcastle Signing Abraham

News today that we are supposed to be very close to signing 19 year-old Chelsea striker on loan for the season.

The striker is expected to almost double his wages at Chelsea before he goes on loan – and the news from London is he will get a massive £45K/week contract over five years and that’s up from his current wages of £25K/week.

That’s over £2M a year for a 19 year-old, which at least to us is simply amazing and it’s got to be very difficult for these young lads to keep their feet firmly on the ground and appreciate the value of money, with all the temptations out there.

Christian Atsu – always smiling

Well – maybe it’s just me.


There’s a very good article in the Chronicle today, which illustrates just how much Rafa Benitez has been involved in trying to make this deal happen.

He met with the player a couple of weeks ago at St George’s Park where Tammy was training with the England U21 squad, getting ready for the European U21 Championships to be held in Poland later this month.

Rafa convinced Tammy at that time he would get a lot of playing time at the club.

But the new news is that Rafa Benitez and Antonio Conte have a good relationship, built up when Rafa was managing Napoli  from 2013-2015 and Conte was initially managing Juventus  before he took the Italian national job in 2014.

The other news is that Antonio has been impressed with the way Rafa man-managed Christian Atsu while on loan here last season.

Certainly Rafa gave the winger a lot of playing time with Christian appearing 35 times with 16 starts and we expect Tammy to start more games than that next season.

Christian’s continual praise of Rafa in the press throughout the season must have been heard by the Chelsea manager and of course Rafa’s man management skills are excellent and he always wants to improve his players.

Tammy Abraham in Bristol City colors last season

We did expect Newcastle to be a much bigger attraction this summer now that Rafa Benitez is the manager and that seems to be the case.

Hopefully, once we do well in the coming Premier League season, hopefully with the help of Tammy Abraham,  that attraction will be a lot greater next summer at this time.

That’s what we are fervently hoping for.


Comments welcome.

10 comments so far


    Jun 7, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #1

    Surely he’s not on 25k as a youth prospect I don’t believe it

  • beermonkey

    Jun 7, 2017 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #2

    I know a lot of posters not to keen on a loan deal
    But lakaku went out on loan to Everton and they eventually bought him
    a year with us and a lot of game time like lakaku he will want to move somewhere permanent


    Jun 7, 2017 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Im sure i read earlier this month that his wage was goin up to 25 grand which seems more realistic so maybevtheres wires crossed somewhere


    Jun 7, 2017 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    Aye sounds a lot more likely but less over the top means less clicks/sales. No way do Chelsea hand out 25k deals to youth team players

  • hibbit

    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #5

    Re Tammy Abraham

    let’s hope the lest we get is first option if they decide to sell that’s what Everton agreed with Lukaku

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #6


    Chris Waugh:-

    “Abraham is expected to double his wages to more than £45,000 and extend his Chelsea contract, which currently has two years left to run, before heading to Newcastle on loan for the 2017/18 and a deal could be confirmed in the coming days.”

  • Ron Knee

    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #7
  • ScoopSouthAfrica

    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #8

    It is early days in the transfer window, but I think Tammy will be a good loaner.
    Of the players we should keep there will be lots of debate, but I would like to think why not give Kevin Mbabu a chance. Seeing he is rated as the fastest player next to Gareth Bale, maybe he could be channelled into a similar type of player. What do you think fellow bloggers?

  • Angryman the Angry fan

    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #9

    I think Lukaku was a totally different proposition. Wasnt he already a fully fledged international and playing in the Champs league when Chelsea snapped him up?

  • SuperShearer

    Jun 7, 2017 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #10

    I honestly don’t care who we sign or sell, so long as they are all Rafa approved transfers. Trust this man implicitly. I used to be in agreement with those saying, “why bring on another team’s player” but these days you have to look at the flip side. We get a cracking player, if he bags us loads of goals then surely that is good for us. Yes, at the end of it all he returns to them but look at Lukaku; loaded to Everton who then offered a large transfer… clubs like Chelsea like to sign superstars, especially in prestigious positions like forwards. Sturridge, Lukaku didn’t “make” it there and were previously loaned out. You never know in football. Plus, it means we save transfer money to potentially put bigger offers in for other targets. Arguably, with Mitro, Gayle, Tammy and maybe one other we have four decent strikers vying for ONE starting position. Means we’ve saved money to spend on key positions like a No. 10, a winger, fullbacks and centrebacks.


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