The 20 year old opted to join Swansea City instead in July, joining up with former Chelsea coach Paul Clement, where he has gone on to score four Premier League goals this season already. Speaking about Abraham, Rafa said he thinks that the forward could have made a difference to the squad:
“We knew that he was a player with potential and could go with the national team now or in the future. He was with the Under-21s. Yes [he could have been here], but he’s not here. We have to be sure we improve our players.”
After missing out on Abraham, the Magpies signed Joselu from Stoke City for £5m. The Spaniard has scored two goals in eleven appearances for Newcastle so far but his lack of killer instinct in front of goal has frustrated many fans.
The Magpies are struggling for goals with their current strike force in the Premier League, and some supporters have been contemplating what might have been if Abraham had made the switch to St James’ Park:
He’s not perfect by any means but just thinking how different results might have been this week had Tammy Abraham been signed on loan #NUFC
— Howard Walker (@1HowardWalker) November 4, 2017
I thought Abraham just didn’t fancy us. Plus chelsea advised against us.
Is he really that good. Not convinced tbh
— David Short (@davidshort63) November 2, 2017
…and, to look at things Ashley’s way, we’d have a young striker increasing massively in value. He isn’t even any good at being self-serving.
— David McAndrews (@DavidMcAndrews) November 2, 2017