Tammy Abraham was said to be joining Newcastle United, the signing appearing to be a certainty for a number of weeks.
Brighton were also credited with interest, only for Swansea to come along and are now reported to have landed the striker on loan.
We are used to the twists and turns of the transfer market but this time a different reason has been put forward for a player not signing for Newcastle.
The Mirror coming up with the following (this is how it appeared, including nonsensical wording at the start):
‘It Geordie Shore is turning into a problem for Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez.
The city’s reputation as a partying hotspot has seen the promoted Magpies miss out on a prime transfer target.
Television dramas and drunken antics in the city’s Bigg Market and Quayside has seen Chelsea advise their young striker Tammy Abraham against joining the Toon.’
This is now being reported as fact and you can understand why it makes a story but is it true?
Well, only Chelsea and Tammy Abraham will know for sure, his agent maybe/probably, but do you really believe it?
Yes Newcastle has got a well known nightlife but the story looks very lame to me and just a lazy tale which the gullible will swallow.
Every City has distractions that could potentially lead a player astray.
Young good looking fit men with loads of money, they can afford to live whatever lifestyle they want off the pitch and will be a story for the media if they step out of line.
London surely has more dangers lurking than anywhere else in the country, whilst the Mirror conveniently fail to mention that Bristol is also a place that is famous for its nightlife.
An 18 year old Tammy Abraham went to Bristol City and scored 26 goals last season, despite whatever distractions the local nightlife offered.
The reality surely is that the truth just doesn’t make as good a story, with the alternative reports now totally forgotten, that Swansea have guaranteed a certain amount of time on the pitch (as well of course Swansea possibly willing to pay a higher loan fee), which Rafa/Newcastle would’t/couldn’t agree to.
Wanting their striker to progress, they would hardly want Tammy Abraham going from playing 48 first team games (including 40 Championship starts) for Bristol City, to potentially making occasional substitute appearances this coming season at Newcastle (or Brighton).
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