Date: 26th May 2019 at 7:00pm
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OPINION

If Salomon Rondon doesn’t end up signing for¬†Newcastle United this summer after a club Player of the Season campaign on loan with the Magpies then there will need to be a serious re-think at St James’ Park.

Journalist Chris Waugh, in a Chronicle Q & A [26/05; 13:39] named Wesley Moraes and Joelinton as two potential attacking targets the club might look to bring in. However, the third striker he mentioned is the one Rafael Benitez’s side should really be pursuing.

Tammy Abraham. Waugh stated that the Chelsea frontman is someone that Benitez and his staff like and that, should some of their other attacking targets prove unattainable, they could move for.

Surely, though, Benitez should be bumping the 21-year-old to the top of his target list if Rondon doesn’t join permanently. The youngster has been absolutely superb on loan at Aston Villa this season, bagging 26 goals in just 39 games.

That’s a stunning total, even in the Championship, and he’s clearly a young striker with huge potential. He didn’t quite get it going in the Premier League when he was on loan at Swansea City, but that was a terrible Swans team and he’s older and more experienced now.

There’s no reason to think that he wouldn’t make a huge step forward under Benitez’s tutelage. The Spaniard knows how to get the best out of players and he would surely relish the opportunity to mould Abraham into the top class attacker we all know he can become.

Forget Wesley, forget Joelinton; Abraham is the striker Newcastle should be targeting this summer if Rondon falls by the wayside. He’s got the talent, the youth and the pedigree to be a huge success on Tyneside. The Magpies must go in all guns blazing for the Chelsea man.