‘Race’, ‘pursuit’ or ‘chase’, whatever you want to call the transfer window hyperbole around Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, it appears that Swansea City are the ones who have ‘won’ the ‘battle’ for the striker’s signature.
Recently promoted Newcastle United had been linked, whilst manager of Celtic, David Brent, had also been rumoured to be keen – a Moussa Dembele replacement, no doubt. However, Paul Clement sold Abraham dreams of finishing off Fernando Llorente’s knockdowns and Gylfi Sigurðsson’s assists (despite the fact neither will be at the Liberty Stadium, come September 1st).
All too regularly, Premier League clubs – namely those who could quite conceivably be relegated – take punts on the youngsters that are at the ‘big six’, because, you’d imagine, a thought process along the lines of: ‘If they aren’t good enough for the Premier League champions, they’ll be superb for us’.
Quite simply, though, that’s never been the case; Sunderland tried to make Manchester United flop Adnan Januzaj their main man. Useless.
And more recently, Middlesbrough opted to put all their eggs in the basket of Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford; which resulted in a relegation, and Harry Kane scoring more goals than the whole team. Pathetic.
Tammy Abraham is the latest of the never-ending production line of Premier League clubs – Chelsea in particular – of stockpiling players, and if they pick up a few gems along the way, excellent.
When will the clubs in the bottom half wake up and realise the Chelseas, Arsenals and Manchester Uniteds of this world stockpile footballers, rather sign genuine potential?
Swansea have signed a dud.