Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham has been slammed for picking a loan move to Swansea City over Newcastle United by former Magpies star Mick Quinn.
The 19-year-old has been strongly linked with a temporary switch to the Liberty Stadium for next season, with the Blues keen to send him on loan to a Premier League club to continue his progress.
Abraham shone in the Championship last season with a loan spell at Bristol City, for whom he scored 26 goals in 48 games in all competitions.
This prolific form has seen the England Under-21 international attract plenty of interest this summer, but Quinn believes he has made a baffling choice by snubbing a club as big as Newcastle.
Writing in his column for the Chronicle, Quinn said: ‘Any excuse Tammy Abraham gives is pathetic – you should always choose Newcastle over Swansea.
‘If he really is set to choose Swansea City over Newcastle United, I would seriously question his decision. It shouldn’t take me to tell him that Newcastle is a far bigger football club than Swansea.
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‘I admit I didn’t release just how huge a club Newcastle was until I signed, but I always knew it was a big club. It’s obvious to any outside that Newcastle is one of the top few clubs in the country.
‘At St James’ Park there is a club on the up with a world-class manager who can really go places if Rafa Benitez is backed.
‘At the Liberty Stadium, you have a club who only just survived last season and will likely to battling relegation again next term.
‘This claim that Abraham rejected Newcastle because of the nightlife seems pathetic to me as well.
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‘It’s a cracking night out in the city, and players should be able to enjoy that – but all in moderation.
‘If he can’t trust himself to work hard on the training field and then every now and again let some steam off down the Quayside then perhaps he is better off not coming to the North East.’