Tottenham Hotspur failed to complete a single transfer during the summer window and plenty has been made of their brazen decision to become the first club in Premier League history not to add a single new player to their ranks.
Whether their decision was financial or tactical is up for debate, but either way Daniel Levy has come in for plenty of criticism for failing to sign a new player. However, a recent report from Goal seems to suggest that he attempted to secure a solution to Mauricio Pochettino’s second striker conundrum with a £25 million deadline day bid for Tammy Abraham.
The report claims that Chelsea rejected the bid as they were understandably unwilling to offload their academy product to both a London and top-four rival. The response to Goal’s report in the British media has been characterised by a combination of both shock and intrigue, with plenty of Tottenham supporters seeming to believe that a £25 million deal would have been a foolish one for the club to complete.
That notion has been predominantly based off Abraham’s struggle to thrive during his loan spell with Swansea last season as he scored just 5 Premier League goals from 31 appearances, although it’s important to note that only 15 of those appearances were starts. At just 20-years-of-age, Abraham managed to score 5 Premier League goals for a club who were ultimately lacking the quality to remain in the top-flight – a promising return considering the aforementioned circumstances.
Perhaps the most telling indicator of Abraham’s potential for the future is the success he enjoyed with Bristol City during a loan spell in the 2016/17 season in which he bagged 23 goals from 41 appearances in the Championship.
The Championship defenders simply couldn’t cope with Abraham’s movement off the ball and willingness to consistently make direct runs through the channels, and he got his just reward by finishing joint 2nd in the goal-scoring charts, with Chris Wood topping the pile with 27 for Leeds United.
Of course, there is an enormous gulf in class between the Premier League and the Championship, but with a whole season of experience under his belt already there’s no doubt that Abraham will continue to improve with every passing season.
Both Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen have failed to make their mark at Tottenham whilst attempting to play the role of Harry Kane’s understudy, and imminent departures for the centre-forward pairing feel somewhat inevitable.
Signing a player of Abraham’s enormous potential from a fierce rival would have been an exceptionally shrewd resolution to a nagging problem at the club, so the criticism being directed from supporters towards the Levy and the Tottenham hierarchy is completely unjustified.
Spurs may have failed with their opening offer to secure Abraham’s signature but that should not prevent them from returning to Chelsea with an improved offer in the January transfer window.
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