Despite playing for a team battling relegation for much of the season, the on-loan Tammy Abraham scored a total of 26 goals for Bristol City last season, this included a very impressive 23 goals in only 40 Championship starts.
When you take into consideration the striker was only 18 when he arrived at Ashton Gate, those stats are even more remarkable.
Sky Sports presenter/legend Jeff Stelling, says that if the Chelsea forward chooses a move to Newcastle, he could get ‘hero’ status, if continuing to score next season when/if stepping up to the Premier League.
Last week it was reported that Tammy Abraham was on the verge of joining Newcastle and that Rafa Benitez had made a personal visit to the England Under 21 training camp to help seal the deal.
However, the weekend has seen claims that the player hasn’t yet made a decision and Brighton are still in the chase.
Jeff Stelling says that it is a massive attraction with Newcastle that goalscorers are put on such a pedestal and he says that his Chelsea supporting friends all think that Abraham is the one young/loan Chelsea player who could break the mould and have a Premier League future at Stamford Bridge.
“When Tammy Abraham came to Bristol City, friends of mine at Chelsea came to me and said of all our loanees, he’s the one who could make the grade at Stamford Bridge.
“They felt he has the potential to be a Premier League player and I certainly do as well.
“The attraction is if you do go to Newcastle and you are a striker, and you do score goals, you are an absolute hero up there.
“But Brighton’s a smashing club as well with good support too.”
Newcastle of course loaned Christian Atsu last season and his permanent move from Chelsea has already been agreed.
Joining Bristol City on a temporary basis last summer, Tammy Abraham showed astonishing form for a then 18 year old.
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 and from the Newcastle end of things, 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.