By Matt Farr
Sky Sports pundit Jeff Stelling believes highly-rated attacker Tammy Abraham could become an “absolute hero” if he joins Newcastle this summer.
The 19-year-old Chelsea star scored 26 goals and supplied four assists during his loan spell at Championship outfit Bristol City last season, and looks set to be granted another loan move with several clubs keen.
It was reported by the Daily Mail last week that Abraham was “on the verge” of sealing a season-long loan move to Newcastle, while Brighton and Leicester are also interested.
But Stelling believes Abraham should pursue a transfer to St. James’ Park this summer, as he could become an “absolute hero” with his goalscoring ability.
He told the Bristol Post: “When he came to Bristol City, friends of mine at Chelsea came to me and said of all our loanees, he’s the one who could make the grade at Stamford Bridge.
“They felt he has the potential to be a Premier League player, and I certainly do as well.
“The attraction is if you do go to Newcastle and you are a striker, and you do score goals, you are an absolute hero up there. But Brighton’s a smashing club as well with good support too.”
Chelsea are willing to let Abraham leave the club on another temporary stint, but they have narrowed their criteria to a current Premier League side.
Newcastle’s return to the top flight ahead of the new season stands them in good stead to complete a deal, while they are also hungry for more firepower in attack.
Dwight Gayle, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Daryl Murphy are the three current goalscoring options at Rafa Benitez’s disposal, but the Spaniard is keen to ensure he has the position covered.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Football Insider names three stars Benitez should seek a reunion with this summer, following their reported pursuit of Pepe Reina.