It is now 27 days since various media first reported that Newcastle United had been given permission to speak to Tammy Abraham.

Yesterday (Tuesday 20 June), Swansea Chairman Huw Jenkins surprisingly went public with his club’s interest in the striker, confirming that Newcastle were also in for Abraham but that a decision would only be made once the current Under 21 European Championships are over:

“We expect any decision will be made (by Tammy Abraham) once that (European Championships Under 21) tournament is over and we will see what he wants to do.

“It’s not just about us. There is a Newcastle link, Rafa Benitez spent time at Chelsea, which has been fed back to us, and he has also been linked with newly promoted Brighton.

“We have made our interest known and we now wait to see the outcome but we understand it is a big decision for the player to make.”

However, maybe Jenkins was happy to go public for a reason, with The Mirror now stating that Swansea City have won the ‘race’ to sign Tammy Abraham.

The newspaper reporting that a one year loan deal has been agreed for the 19 year old.

A major factor in the deal is claimed to be that Swansea Manager Paul Clement previously worked with the striker when he was at Stamford Bridge.

The Mirror also say that Newcastle ‘were unable to sort out the deal to the satisfaction of all parties’, with speculation that this revolved around Newcastle not willing to guarantee that Tammy Abraham would play a certain number of games.

A loan deal to a Premier League club looked a certainty as the next step, with the forward having scored 23 goals in the Championship for strugglers Bristol City last season, as well as another three in the cups.

Tammy Abraham and his England teammates will exit the Under 21 Euros on one of three dates – Thursday 22nd, Tuesday 27th, or Friday 30th June.

The three group winners and the best runner-up go into the semi-finals.

If England beat Poland on Thursday then they would be guaranteed to top the group and go through to the semi-finals which are played on Tuesday 27 June, with the possibility of a final on Friday 30th June.

If England draw then that would also be enough if Slovakia and Sweden also drew. Then there would also be the possibility of the Young Lions progressing as the best runners-up if Sweden or Slovakia did top the group.



  • E Quinn

    Rafa is right you can’t guarantee players will be playing if they lose form
    It would be negative in the dressing room if a player knows he is going to play no matter how well or poor his form is
    Pick a team on merit not by who you think you are

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      well that didnt happen last season

      • Geordiegiants

        Yeah it did, Rafa see’s things we don’t, he picks who he thinks will do the best job on the day. That why he is a premier league manager, one of the best in the world, and we are going about our lives doing everyday jobs.

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          he played an injured centre back when he had Mbemba on the bench, who in latter games proved he`s the real deal

          • Geordiegiants

            I know what your saying, and I understand where your coming from, but he won the league and got us promoted with the decisions he made. He knows things we don’t, like application and attitude, his decisions are base on a lot more than ours.

          • hetonmag

            Ha ha the real deal a player who can’t head a ball even if you tossed it at him, not bad with the ball at his feet but he’s not a good defender IMO.

        • 1957

          The biggest example of a player not being picked on merit was SloMo. Whatever Benitez saw in him didn’t translate to his performance on the pitch, even the best in the world have blind spots

  • 1957

    If he was looking for regular starts, NUFC under Benitez wasn’t the place for him. It’s common knowledge we operated with a single striker last season and I doubt Benitez will change this year.

    • HarryHype59

      I have to disagree with you on that point. Mitro is most likely to be sold along with Murphy. That leaves the injury prone Gayle as the only outright striker. Tammy would have featured in at least half of the matches. I suspect him not coming here is down to other reasons.

      • We have to offload 6-7 players at least before we can actually make signings. Too many useless “footballer” on a payroll at NUFC

      • 1957

        I sincerely hope that we weren’t planning to go into the season with Gayle and a young kid as our only strikers, a recipe for disaster.

        On your point about how many appearances he could have made, Swansea played most games under Clement with two strikers, so assuming Clement and Benitez stuck to their previous tactics he would have twice as much chance of a starting place at Swansea, if he goes there. The same would go for Brighton another 2 striker team.

        You may be right of course, it might having nothing to do with games maybe he thinks he will be more likely to develop playing for Clement, rather than Benitez.

  • Steve Smith

    This was always going to be the case. I’m hoping the club had foresight enough to form an agreement with Swansea on giving us first refusal on Sigurdsson for us giving up the chasr on Abraham or something along those lines.

    • Geordiegiants

      A nice thought.

      • HarryHype59

        It is , but alas is highly unlikely. Everton are reputed to be after him.

  • Leazes Ender

    Have we Brexited the Rafalution? I must say I’m at a loss to see what this Rafalution is all about in the first place…. it doesn’t look like much at all but it is the silly season.

    The clubs policy of buying late in the window still seems to be in place and we are losing out on players that I wouldn’t have picked for Football Manager 2018 to ‘Fierce rivals’ Brighton and Swansea.

    The Rafalution hasn’t changed much at the club has it?

    • HarryHype59

      Fear not! Rafa will be given the whole 70m from the Parachute money and transfer profits. Scrambling about in the transfer bargain basements and scrapping it out for loan players is but a cunning ruse.

      • Pelican

        If the Parachute money – which is £40 million not £70 million – is to be given to Rafa, where is the money coming from to pay for last season’s costs, wages etc? Also, how much do you reckon the club has in transfer profits, when the club sells players in installments? The £6 million coming in for Sissoko has already been spent on Atsu btw.

        • HarryHype59

          Do you get irony! I am sending up the gullible people on here who actually believe Ashley’s “generating every penny” statement means the 41m parachute money and the reputed 31m profit is going totally on new players.

          The club had operating costs of 96m in 2016 and will have to cover that figure and more, on 31m less TV money.

          • Pelican

            The irony is lost when you skew the numbers. Try better next time.

          • HarryHype59

            Calm down dear! I actually agree with what you say.

          • Pelican

            Roger Wilco

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      i hadn`t realised it started

      • HarryHype59

        It hasn’t!

        • Porciestreet

          And it may not until the “Sale” of the club or it’s shares is off the agenda then business will be brusk.

    • I think you’re being overly pessimistic about it. Plenty of talent out there, that wants to play for NUFC. I’m more interested in bringing in proper midfielders and defenders. I think Gayle, Perez and Mitro could suffice if we have proper defense and midfield.

      • Leazes Ender

        For the Premiership Perez and Mitrovic are too lightweight.

        • I feel they’ve definitely made much progress in the last year, when it comes to understanding the English game.

    • 1957

      What’s a Rafalution…

      • Leazes Ender

        Nobody knows.

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    that`s cos we`re signing Karim Benzema

    • toonterrier

      Stop fibbing. We’ve got more chance of signing Karen Brady. But at least she’s something to look at when we’re getting a tossing.

      • toonterrier

        Sorry I meant possing

  • Steven05

    I must say I’m starting to worry a little bit (I suppose it’s to be expected over the last decade or more). However, maybe Rafa was just honest with Tammy, that he would be back up, and we have a top class EPL ready striker about to be signed??

  • toonterrier

    Wait until Mr Carr gets back from his three months holiday in Disneyland then watch the frogs come limping in.

  • I doubt he was going to be any good for us, nobody is guaranteed game time with Rafa. Instead of Tammy wanting to learn playing from a top manager, he chooses Swansea for more game time. I’d take my chances with Gayle and Mitro, next one please.

  • hetonmag

    If we can’t put our trust in Rafa who can we put our trust in, just wondering if palace or saints fans are in panic mode like some of our fans because they haven’t even got a manager, never mind signing players. I say keep the faith and put your trust in Rafa because he isn’t like the previous incumbents he’s a winner.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      the problem is pal Fatso runs the cloob not Rafa

  • Porciestreet

    Hey, he’s no more than an aprentice with little or no premier league experience at all. Believe me, we dodged a bullet with this one. HWTL.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      i concur with that

    • 1957

      He couldn’t be relied on to score goals in the PL, and really the jury is still out on Gayle in respect of that. Our funds should be thrown at a reliable goalscorer rather than this seeming obsession with ‘experienced’ goalkeepers

  • Mrkgw

    Glad that we aren’t signing him. It would have served to develop the player for Chelsea’s gain in the longer term. A side of Newcastles stature should be signing players outright – not short term cheapskate loans. And so, I am happy with this outcome.

  • Malcolm Fisher

    Hope this is true, I don’t think he is as good as all the hype about him or as he thinks he is..another Nile ranger

  • Albert Stubbins

    if Rafa couldnt guarantee him the time he must have his eye on another permanent striker deal as this lad looked the business- sad weve missed out on him but if he thinks playing for swansea will benefit his career more than us then I’d rather not have him. Im probably a little bit bitter about it if im being honest.

  • Peter Stabler

    I would be gutted if we guaranteed anybody a game – that’s not how it works.

  • Jimblag23

    Let’s have Llorente then.