It is now 17 days since (25 May) that Newcastle were said to be on the verge of signing Tammy Abraham.
It was reported that both Newcastle and Brighton had been given permission to speak to the Chelsea striker and that the Magpies were strong favourites to win the ‘race’.
Much has been said since, including Rafa Benitez allegedly visiting Tammy Abraham at the England Under 21 training camp to seal the deal.
It was also said that Rafa’s close relationship with Chelsea’s Director of Football had helped get the deal over the line.
The summer transfer window, don’t you just love it!
Instead of course, we are almost three weeks on and nothing has happened…and if you listen to Tammy Abraham himself, nothing looks likely to happen, at least for some time.
Speaking from the England Under 21 camp, Abraham says that he still doesn’t know what he is going to do next season, with it sounding as though it won’t be until after the upcoming U21 Euros before he will have a think on what is best to do.
This doesn’t quite bear much relation to an imminent decision that revolves around only Newcastle or Brighton.
The U21 European Championships run from 16 June (this Friday) until Friday 30 June, only four days before Newcastle start pre-season training.
Maybe Newcastle did/do have interest in Tammy Abraham but the odds must surely now massively against any deal happening for a move to Tyneside. You get the feeling if it was so straightforward then it would/could have been all wrapped up before this U21 tournament takes place.
“I’m not sure what I am doing next season.
“If I am coming back (to Bristol City), going elsewhere on loan or staying at Chelsea. I haven’t decided yet.
“You have to stay open and things may come at different times but I have to dream big and that’s what I’m going to be doing.
“A couple of the boys were telling me I’d get unto the (England) Under-21s team this season but I wasn’t really thinking about it.
“I was thinking about doing as well as I could for Bristol City and getting a spot in their side.
“Making my debut (for Bristol City) felt great. You’re playing with excellent players and they make you perform well on the pitch.
“They make you feel good, great service, and as soon as I went in the players made me feel welcome and I felt settled.
“When I first came to Bristol, knowing it was Championship football, playing against experienced men, I knew it would be tough.
“You’d be hard pressed to find players as tall as me at academy level but that all changed when I came here.
“It is going to be tough but our aim is to win (to win the U21 European Championships) nd do the best we can.
“I wouldn’t say we are under pressure but we are going to do our best. I have confidence going into it but it’s never going to be easy. Hopefully I’ve done enough this season to get into the team. If I have, I’ll work as hard as I can.
“It’s still my ambition to be at the top level, and be playing for England – especially a competition like the World Cup.
“You know there are other players out there but to be picked for England it shows you are doing something right. It’s a good feeling.”
Joining Bristol City on a temporary basis last summer, Tammy Abraham showed astonishing form for a then 18 year old.
Despite playing for a team battling relegation for much of the season, the on-loan forward scored a total of 26 goals for the second tier team.
This included an impressive 23 goals in only 40 Championship starts.
The striker has represented England at Under 19 and Under 21 levels.
Not surprisingly, Abraham won Bristol City’s player of the year, young player of the year, and top goalscorer awards.
The 6ft 4 striker looks to have a big future ahead of him but will that include spending 2017/18 at St James Park?
The club has already made clear that loan deals will form part of Rafa Benitez’ strategy this summer as Newcastle return to the Premier League.
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