Newcastle United have struggled to find consistency in front of goal this season, which might make it painful for fans to hear the latest comments from manager Rafael Benitez.
The Magpies have scored just three goals in their last five Premier League outings, and just ten overall, with their highest-scoring players being £5m Joselu and centre-back Jamaal Lascelles.
Speculation suggests that Newcastle will look to rectify this problem in January, where Benitez could be handed funds to spend following a takeover as the aim is to complete a deal by Christmas, but a solution could have been found in the summer.
Speaking to The Chronicle after Swansea City striker Tammy Abraham earned a call-up to England’s senior squad, Benitez revealed the Magpies could have signed the Chelsea loanee themselves.
“We knew that he was a player with potential and could go with the national team now or in the future. Yes [he could have been here], but he’s not here. We have to be sure we improve our players.”
Abraham has been crucial to Swansea this season, scoring four goals and providing one assist for the Premier League strugglers- remarkably playing a decisive part in five of Swansea’s seven league goals.
This came after sensational performances on-loan at Bristol City last season, where the English youngster scored 23 goals in 40 games in the Championship.