Tony Cascarino has been talking about the choices made this summer in the transfer market.
The former striker will always be fondly remembered for his contribution to Gillingham’s epic play-off win over Sunderland back in 1987. The second leg at Roker Park having the bizarre sight of Newcastle fans having their own section in the stadium as well as those in the Gillingham end,
Cascarino scoring a hat-trick in the first leg and two at Roker Park, sending Sunderland into the third tier of English football.
Thirty years on and Tony Cascarino believes a young forward made a poor choice in the summer, saying that Tammy Abraham ‘made a bad call picking Swansea City over Newcastle or Brighton’.
In the lead-up to the summer transfer window it was widely seen as pretty much a done deal that the Chelsea striker was coming to Newcastle on loan and indeed Rafa Benitez was said to be furious when the deal didn’t happen.
The Newcastle boss having put in a lot of early work to ensure early transfer deals were set up, only for Mike Ashley to pull the plug and break ‘promises’ he had made to the United manager.
With wages and the loan fee said to be too much for Ashley to accept, it is arguable just how much choice Tammy Abraham had, in ending up at Swansea rather than Newcastle.
He has scored four Premier League goals for Swansea but the last of those was on 14 October. Though he has only started six games since that point and has increasingly been used as a player coming off the bench.
On Boxing Day, caretaker boss Leon Britton had an injury to Wilfried Bony but even the didn’t turn to Abraham, instead the inexperienced Oliver McBurnie was preferred as Swansea got hammered 5-0 at Liverpool, the Chelsea loan player coming on for McBurnie with the game already lost at 2-0.
Tammy Abraham did very well when going to Bristol City on loan last season as an 18 year old and with four goals in 13 Premier League starts (plus 6 as a sub), the move to Swansea clearly hasn’t gone as well as he’d hoped.
Tony Cascarino says Swansea don’t create enough chances and with 11 goals overall, the Swans are the lowest scorers in the division.
With 19 goals Newcastle aren’t exactly prolific, fans will understandably wonder what would have happened if Rafa Benitez had been allowed to bring in Tammy Abraham this summer, instead of eventually having to go for bargain buy Joselu.
Joselu is in no way a natural goalscorer and due to turn 28 in March, he still has never scored 10 goals in a top flight league season, so is unlikely to suddenly prove prolific. However, certainly recent games against West Ham and Arsenal have seen him put in excellent team performances as he links up play, giving hope he could play a part in Newcastle’s survival this season.
Tony Cascarino talking to The Times:
“Tammy Abraham made a bad call picking Swansea City over Newcastle United or Brighton.
“He is stuck on the bench for a side who don’t create enough chances.
“After a good season at Bristol City with 26 goals, he needed a club where he could showcase his ability.”