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Why Newcastle fans concern over Tammy Abraham signing is missing the point

2 years ago
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A deal for Newcastle United to sign Tammy Abraham is reported to be imminent.

Rafa Benitez made a personal visit to the England Under 21 training camp in order to try and finalise the one year loan move from Chelsea, with the 19 year old allegedly deciding on Tyneside ahead of the south coast and Brighton.

On the face of it, for most people, it looks a win-win-win all round.

Chelsea get cash and one of their younger players gets valuable experience/matches and progresses, the player gets regular football and improves his game, whilst Newcastle get a player next season who they wouldn’t otherwise be able to attract (buy) at this moment in time – who can hopefully help get the goals that will ensure NUFC make a comfortable step up into the Premier League.

However, the proposed deal hasn’t been met with enthusiasm by all Newcastle fans…

One objection has been that Newcastle should be giving game time to their own promising young players instead.

It is of course a no-brainer if your club already has a player who is of the equivalent of who you might bring in from elsewhere but bottom line is that 19 year old Tammy Abraham scored 26 goals (23 in Championship) for Bristol City. Meanwhile, 20 year old Adam Armstrong scored six goals for a Barnsley side who finished a few places above Bristol City.

In addition, Adam Armstrong is away with the England Under 20s, whilst Tammy Abraham is with England Under 21s.

This isn’t a case of writing off Adam Armstrong but there is no room for sentiment, a view which Rafa Benitez will surely share. It is simply a case of which of the two young strikers is more ready to play Premier League football next season and there is only one answer to that, isn’t there?

Newcastle United and Rafa Benitez have already made clear that loan deals will be a key part of the club’s transfer strategy, at least in the short-term, so fans need to accept that this is a positive tactic of what we can look forward to.

Another argument against Tammy Abraham, or any other loan signings, is that you are simply improving another club’s player to their advantage, with no long-term benefit for Newcastle United.

Newcastle’s most successful loan signing of recent times was surely Loic Remy. Mike Ashley allowing no players to be bought in summer 2013 and the striker arriving on a season’s loan from relegated QPR.

Remy helped set Newcastle alight and brought out the best from the likes of Yohan Cabaye and Moussa Sissoko, NUFC at last having a quality striker as the focal point. It wasn’t a problem with loan signings that this ended in tears, instead with Newcastle flying near the top handful of clubs, Mike Ashley chose to sell Yohan Cabaye and rubber stamp the lack of ambition by signing nobody in that January 2014 window.

On top of this lack of ambition shown during the season, no effort was made to land Loic Remy permanently and the momentum was then totally lost when he was replaced by bargain signing Emmanuel Riviere, who any sane person could see was never going to cope with the Premier League.

Loan signings most definitely have their place for most teams in the modern day Premier League, at least whilst they are still allowed to be loaned from one PL club to another – you have to go with the flow and do the best for your club.

Romelu Lukaku is very much a case in point.

The striker was loaned out as a 19 year old by Chelsea and did a brilliant job at West Brom, scoring 17 Premier League goals in 20 starts (plus 15 off the bench).

Next season he was on loan at Everton, a then 20 year old Lukaku scoring 15 goals in 29 P starts (two off the bench).

In two PL seasons scoring 32 goals in 49 starts (plus 17 off bench).

Even so, many people were astonished that Chelsea then still let him go AND the fact that Everton paid £28m for him.

The next three seasons have seen Lukaku score 63 goals in 117 starts (plus seven from bench), including 53 goals in 104 Premier League starts (plus six off the bench).

Maybe Tammy Abraham won’t be a success next season if he comes to Newcastle but I certainly don’t think the loan aspect of the deal should be seen as such a negative.

If the striker proves a big hit and scores a load of goals for Newcastle then he could well fancy staying long-term and potentially be a great asset if signed permanently.

The record of Chelsea, with Lukaku and other players, suggests that it is very very unlikely that they will get a chance at Stamford Bridge, no matter how well they do out on loan. The demand will always be for players who have proven themselves at other clubs, buying ready made players, rather than developing their own.

Yes, if Tammy Abraham was a success at Newcastle and scored loads of goals and became available for a permanent transfer, he would cost a massive fee BUT that is the real world now, if he had shown himself to be a proven scorer in the Premier League then he would be worth every penny.

It is unrealistic to think that long-term Newcastle can survive solely on bargains but in the meantime a loan deal for Tammy Abraham and similar level players makes every sense for Newcastle.

Everton tried before they bought and it has been success all round, loads of goals and a player who is worth two or three times what they paid.

Newcastle need every positive they can get ahead of the new season and loan signings can help deliver a successful year ahead (and beyond) under Rafa Benitez.

(All contributions from Newcastle fans welcome, send articles (as well as ideas/suggestions) to [email protected])

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