Over the summer, Man City and Chelsea had two very promising youngsters in their ranks in Lukas Nmecha and Tammy Abraham that needed game time this season.
Therefore, England under-21 international Nmecha headed to Preston North End, while two-cap England international Abraham headed to Aston Villa; both on loan.
Both are young strikers set for big futures for club and country, so let’s compare these two transfers…
Just after the Championship season had started, Preston secured the loan signing of Man City’s Nmecha. The Lilywhites had narrowly missed out on the play offs the season before by finishing in seventh, and this was the man that could fire them to a top six finish.
Unfortunately for the club, they currently sit at the foot of the Championship table, and Nmecha is yet to register a goal. He has made four starts in the league, which came early on in the campaign, but has been preferred on the bench since then.
Given the club’s poor position and the player’s insignificant impact, this cannot be regarded as a good transfer.
TT Grade C
Aston Villa signed Abraham on the last day of August, after a summer where there was much debate as to whether the 20-year-old would fight for a place at Stamford Bridge, but in the end it turned out not to be.
Aston Villa were signing a player who had just had a decent season on loan at Swansea, and a very good season before that with Bristol in the Championship. Steve Bruce’s men narrowly missed promotion last season, and Abraham was there to seal the deal back into the top flight.
With only one goal so far, Abraham has not looked at his scintillating best, as Villa have had a fairly poor start to their new campaign. The juries still out as to whether this will be deemed a good transfer, but for now, it isn’t the greatest.
TT Grade B
Neither player has made the greatest impact at their new club, as both teams are struggling to perform the way they did the season before.
They have both made an equally negligible start, so this is very hard to determine which one wins this battle. Perhaps, with one goal, Abraham just shades ahead of Nmecha.
However, the fact that Abraham is a bigger name than Nmecha is the reason why he wins this battle. Not only this, but he has just that bit more experience which suggests he may pull through for Villa.Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!
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