In an otherwise barren month of (transfer) inactivity, it is good to see Newcastle United can at least still wind some people up.
Recently, Mick Quinn reacted to news of Tammy Abraham reportedly choosing Swansea over Newcastle, by questioning why anybody would want to go to the Welsh club ahead of the Magpies, Quinny declaring what a ‘massive’ club NUFC were.
Now one of Swansea’s former players/legends has bounced it back, declaring ‘To say Newcastle United are a massive club is just not right’.
One-time Swansea striker Lee Trundle says ‘Massive clubs do not get relegated out of the Premier League twice within the space of a decade’.
That’s us told.
Though I do agree with Lee Trundle that it isn’t Newcastle’s nightlife that has been a barrier to Tammy Abraham coming to NUFC.
He says it is Swansea’s style of football on the pitch but I reckon it will be all down to guaranteed playing time.
Lee Trundle speaking to Wales Online:
“I saw Micky Quinn’s comments this week, saying he couldn’t believe the striker had turned down a ‘massive club’ to move to Swansea.
“I didn’t agree with that at all.
“Newcastle are a great club, with great support, there is no doubt about it and I am sure playing every week in front of 52,000 on Tyneside is a great experience for a player.
“But to say Newcastle United are a massive club is just not right.
“Massive clubs do not get relegated out of the Premier League twice within the space of a decade.
“Of the two clubs, Swansea have established themselves in the Premier League,
“While Newcastle, no matter what they have done previously, are newly promoted.
“Swansea have a track record of developing young players and of producing a style of football that tests a player’s technical ability.
“I saw there was a suggestion he was advised not to go to Newcastle because of the nightlife, but I personally think it would have been far more about what he would get out of the on-field experience at each club, and I think coming to Swansea will be the right move for Tammy and the club.
“As a striker, I am particularly excited by Abraham.
“I know a few people at Bristol City from my time there and they all spoke very highly of him.
“He has a great pedigree coming from Chelsea, and it’s worth remembering he scored 26 goals last season in a team that ended up battling to avoid relegation.
“He is a big, imposing forward, but he also has good pace and movement to go with it and I can see it being a good move for him and for Swansea City.”