Wednesday morning has seen reports that Rafa Benitez is now looking to sign Tammy Abraham.
The Newcastle boss set up a deal to sign the striker on loan back in summer 2017, even travelling down to meet the player and convince him to sign, only for Mike Ashley to block the deal due to the one year loan fee and wages Chelsea wanted at the time.
The then 19 year old centre-forward had scored 23 goals and got three assists in 40 league starts and one sub appearance the previous season, impressive stats when playing for a Bristol City side that almost got relegated from the Championship.
However, after signing for Swansea in summer 2017 he found himself in a struggling side that faced a season-long relegation struggle which they eventually lost. Tammy Abraham only made 16 PL starts (15 as sub) and scored five goals plus got one assist.
Maybe a bad combination of the wrong club and a bit too early to be stepping up to the Premier League anyway.
This season he is back amongst the goals, having scored 12 goals and got one assist in 16 Championship starts for Aston Villa.
Two second tier strikers have scored more goals but nobody has a better minutes per goal average than Abraham’s one every 112 minutes.
The Northern Echo say that their information is that there is a ‘recall clause’ in his one year loan deal, meaning that he could be sold in January to another club if Chelsea want to go down that route.
They add that Maurizio Sarri does not see Tammy Abraham as part of his plans and is happy to sell to help raise cash for his own transfer targets.
The report says that Rafa Benitez wants Newcastle to move for the Chelsea player and it is claimed that he is seen as a cheaper alternative to Miguel Almiron, who Atlanta want at least £24m for, according to their President. The Northern Echo rather confusingly, also refer to Abraham as a winger in their story.
Crystal Palace are named as a rival trying to sign the Chelsea player and it’s claimed they have indicated they are ready to pay £10m for the 21 year old.
As with all transfer stories/claims, you believe it when you see it.
I think it is a fact that Rafa Benitez tried to sign Tammy Abraham 18 months ago on loan but is he really a target now.
I believe he could be because young English players who are scoring goals with the potential for more, will/should obviously interest any manager whose team really struggle for goals.
However, there are flaws in the story as Tammy Abraham is definitely not a winger and nor is he anything like Miguel Almiron.
Almiron is an out and out playmaker/number 10 who scores AND creates goals, scoring 22 goals and getting 21 assists for Atlanta these past two seasons.
In contrast, Tammy Abraham is an out and out centre-forward who in these past two and a half years has scored 40 league goals but got only five assists.
So, if by any chance he did arrive at Newcastle, Abraham would be competing with Salomon Rondon for the lone striker role, unless the manager made a radical change and played with two up front.
As for price, any suggestion of around £10m or being a much ‘cheaper’ alternative to Almiron looks very optimistic.
The Chelsea striker has been a permanent fixture with the England Under 21s and even made two senior appearances against Brazil and Germany last year.
He might not have convinced as yet in the Premier League but he only had limited chances at Swansea and his 35 goals from 56 starts in the Championship mark him out as a young striker who has ability and great potential.
Tammy Abraham is yet another player where it would require Newcastle to break their soon to be 14 year old club transfer record of £16.8m and once you accept that would need to be the case, that is surely the biggest obstacle to any thoughts of signing Almiron, Abraham or whoever, whilst Mike Ashley is still here.