Chelsea fans have been reacting to news of an apparently imminent Tammy Abraham move to Newcastle United.

The Times have reported that the loan move is due to be announced shortly, whilst The Mail say that Rafa Benitez travelled to the England Under 21 training camp to personally seal the deal with the exciting 19 year old striker.

Tammy Abraham scored an impressive 26 goals (23 in the Championship) for a struggling Bristol City last season and would appear to be a very good signing for Newcastle, if it goes through as expected.

Earlier, both Newcastle and Brighton were said to have been given permission to talk to the 19 year old forward, but it appears to be NUFC who have come out on top.

The fact that Rafa Benitez has a good relationship with Chelsea’s Technical Director is another reason put forward as to how Tammy Abraham is seemingly on the verge of agreeing a temporary move to St James Park.

What do the Chelsea fans think about the idea of their striker moving to Tyneside for a season?

These are comments taken from various leading Chelsea fans message boards:

‘Not sure I am comfortable laying the future of our most promising talent in the hands of Rafa Benitez.

What kind of guarantees of playing time do we get in a deal like this?

Will he be preferred to Gayle? And do we know Newcastle won’t go out and buy another CF?

Tammy’s target should be to get at least 20 starts and 10 goals in the PL this season. He is capable for sure, but enough game is priority number one.’

‘How does your first argument align with the second?

Whatever clubs he goes to, you could say, will he start ahead of player “X” and what if that club buy a new striker.’

‘True, although surely you’d think the club would look to choose a club that are weaker in the striking department?

For example, in theory Tammy would have a better chance getting minutes at a club like Bournemouth or Hull,  than say a Crystal Palace side that have Benteke, Remy and Frazier Campbell??

My own view is that Tammy is unlikely to be first choice for most PL clubs, but Chelsea need to look for a team in which he is second choice, and therefore still gets regular game time.  Newcastle probably fits that criteria in fairness.’

‘If Tammy can’t break in to Newcastle’s team, or any other in the bottom half of the league, then he is a long way off from where a lot of people think he currently is.’

‘I think he’d be better with 40 championship starts that 10 PL starts – keep him in the championship.’

‘Yes, for Tammy Abraham read Patrick Bamford.’

‘Tammy Abraham is a poacher, that’s mean he needs another striker near him, you see how chelsea play for long long time and always we played with complete striker not with a poacher, at least not at the first XI, this is the problem of michy (Batshuayi) by the way that he is more of a poacher as well.

For that reason i’m hard to believe that Tammy will make it here unfortunately, of course there are games that you see the ball goes near the line and Costa miss it one after another but there a lot of time we need a big character to do moves from his own and i’m not sure Tammy is that guy…’

‘My only worry about him joining Newcastle is that he will be used as rotation rather than a guaranteed starter.

Benitez is known for his rotation for years. He has Gayle, Mitrovic, Perez who all will share game time.

Gayle is there no.1 striker and while he can be used with Abraham, I am not sure how often Benitez will play two pure no.9 together in games.

Just alarmed because Benitez will rotate. Whereas if he went to Brighton, I think he would walk into the team.

However he prob sees Newcastle as having more ambition and me myself, seen Newcastle being able to create more chances than Brighton next season as they have that extra pulling power to attract more top stars.’

‘Potentially good news for Tammy and for Chelsea.

Pleased for him in the main, but there must be a question about how much he might play behind Gayle & Mitrovic.

Still, this must have been considered by all parties and, since Tammy clearly had options, we must assume that player and club have chosen the best one.

Good luck lad.’

  • Rich Lawson

    Quite pleasant really,they do seem to care about the player’s development rather than any anti-Rafa stuff ?

  • Anita kick up the Hoop

    Embarrassing really .. all loans between premiership clubs should be banned unless there’s a permanent deal written into the contract.. hearing Chelsea fans talk about us as some kind of feeder club is worse than not getting a player …, i do however think Abrahams is a talent .. he reminded me a lot of a young Andy Cole when I watched him .. long term he will be prolific

    • TheNutJob

      there`s 3 parts to the premiership the top 6 which Chelsea are top of the pile, 6 middle order teams, then the rest are the fodder

    • Kneebotherm8

      Andy Cole played for Bristol City as well,good sign I hope.

  • TheNutJob

    whilst there`s no doubt he`s a canny player it isn`t what i was expecting in the era of the Rafalution, or hasn`t it started yet ?

    • Cuh736

      Warned you to not expect messi coming in this window. I did

  • Andy Mac

    TBH I’m not sure that’s from Chelski fans because the vast majority I know are knuckle dragging neanderthals barely able to hold a pointy stick ?

  • Porciestreet

    You can count on one finger the amount of times Raffa has played two up top…this is a strange one.

  • Albert Stubbins

    I really like this lad – has loads of pace and an eye for goal- I mentioned him to Jezza earlier in the season. The problem I have is that I dont think you should be able to sign players on loan unless there is a realistic chance the player will sign for the team he is on loan with. Its morally wrong in my opinion – players that can have so much influence on a team they have absolutely no chance of playing for full time- it seems wrong to me. Also where will he play- Rafa doesnt favour 4-4-2 so he is then essentially a back up player for Gayle?- or could he play in a 4-3-3? again a system Rafa doesnt seem to favour and he’s definitely not a lone striker type. Cautiously excited.

    • Andy Mac

      Agreed and what is even more perplexing is that NUFC cant play him against Chelski ? So, in theory, they gain an advantage over all the other teams who might have to face him ?

      • Albert Stubbins

        It’s a corrupt system Andy and clary favours the big clubs. It leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Either have a potenting sale value at end of spell dependent on games and goals or don’t have the player full stop. It works both ways though. We have loans out players like Armstrong with no buy clause. It needs changing for me otherwise the fans have no hope and no affinity with a player wearing the team kit. It’s wrong in my opinion.

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  • MadMag83

    Agree with some of the sentiments, can’t see him getting in ahead of a fully fit Gayle.

  • Jimblag23

    Good to have someone to cover the Gayle role for rotation and injuries.
    Now we need to to BUY the Batshyuayi type big time striker who we can rely on.

  • Danimal

    Good signing if it happens. Right, now I’ve got that out of the way, back to gut feeling….As someone who remembers the mid 1990s (and a lot further back), how the hell have we arrived at today, patronised by supporters of Chelsea? Sign of the times. And a metaphor for what’s going to happen next Thursday. Unfortunately.

  • disqus_GFJ5SSXQ7o

    Potentially good signing, long way to go in window so people shouldn’t whinge until September, judge Rafa then not now. In terms of loans, everyone else does it so why not us? There is also every chance we get him permanently if wanted as there is no chance he will get in Chelsea’s first team in the future – short term big money signings before, every time