IT has been quite a year for teenage sensation Tammy Abraham who has joined Swansea on a one-season loan deal – despite signing a five-year contract with parent club Chelsea.
I’ve lost count of the number of young players the Premier League champions have out on loan but, in Abraham’s case, it seems a sensible move – for player and club.
He is still developing as a player and, having excelled in the Championship with Bristol City last season, he will now get valuable Premier League experience.
He was a key member of the England Under 21s, scoring once as Aidy Boothroyd’s men progressed to the semi finals.
Abraham, who rattled in 26 goals in 48 games for Bristol City last season, will be working for a familiar figure he respects at the Welsh club.
The youngster worked with Paul Clement when the Swansea manager was a coach at Stamford Bridge between 2007 and 2011.
The capture of Abraham casts further doubts over the future of club record signing Borja Baston who has been linked with a loan move to Malaga.
However, club chairman Huw Jenkins has said the club will fight tooth and nail to keep Gylfi Sigurdsson, Alfie Mawson and Fernando Llorente at the Liberty.
He has promised Swansea fans ‘we want to add to the squad not take away from it’ as the Welsh club look to cement their place in the Premier League.
Mind you, an expected £40million offer from Everton for Sigurdsson might prove tempting.
Clement continues to state how important Sigurdsson is to his plans but, as we all know, at the end of the day money talks.
Meanwhile, Malaga have been in talks with Swansea over a possible season-long loan deal for striker Baston.
The 24-year-old Spaniard joined for a club record £15.5m fee from Atletico Madrid in August 2016, but has only scored once.
NOTE: Llorente broke a bone in his arm whilst cycling on a family holiday but is expected to be fit for Swansea’s opening game against Southampton on August 12.