Two years ago, Rafa Benitez tried desperately to bring Tammy Abraham to Newcastle on loan from Chelsea.
The striker had just scored 26 goals for Bristol City, and the Premier League seemed like the next natural step for him. But instead, Abraham went to Swansea City.
According to the Mirror, Abraham was encouraged to snub Newcastle because of the city’s colourful nightlife. Clearly the decision makers at Chelsea had been watching a lot of Geordie Shore and decided that it wasn’t the right environment for a young footballer with lots of money.
But the Chronicle reported that there were some people at Chelsea who considered Newcastle to be the perfect destination.
Nevertheless, Abraham moved to the Liberty Stadium and struggled. He managed just five Premier League goals for the Swans, but it would have been six had it not been for an incredible goal-line clearance by Jamaal Lascelles in September 2017.
Two years on and Abraham has already surpassed his goals tally in his second crack at the English top flight. He’s now the number nine at Chelsea and the joint top scorer in the Premier League. Abraham has scored eight goals so far, alongside Sergio Aguero.
With the responsibility of leading the line for a massive club, Abraham is thriving at Stamford Bridge. He seemed destined to be a Premier League striker after his Championship efforts with Bristol City and then Aston Villa.
But would his career trajectory have been different if he’d joined the Magpies in 2017? Who knows. In 2019, the Newcastle defence will have a tough job keeping him quiet on Saturday.