TalkSport pundit Tony Cascarino has compared reported Arsenal target Tammy Abraham to Inter Milan star Romelu Lukaku.
The Sun revealed on Tuesday that Arsenal are leading the race to sign the 23-year-old. Abraham would be a really interesting signing for the Gunners, and the report claims that we can get him on a season-long loan deal with an obligation to buy him £40 million next year if certain conditions are met.
That, in a way, seems like a fair deal for Arsenal this summer. However, our luck when it comes to signing players from Chelsea has been abysmal in recent years, and some supporters are really worried as a result.
Tony Cascarino: Tammy Abraham could emulate Romelu Lukaku
Cascarino has had his say on the situation. The former Chelsea man believes that Abraham is in a similar stage of his career as Romelu Lukaku once was when he was about to leave Stamford Bridge. He feels that the Englishman could emulate the Belgian and become a pivotal player for Arsenal if this move materialises.
He told TalkSport (Wednesday 09:30 am): “Lukaku was a very similar player, where he had to improve in several aspects of his game. I think Tammy is capable of doing something very similar. He’s 23, there is room for improvement.
“He’d be a very fortunate man to go to a club of the stature of Arsenal. I think they’re on the right path to start to catch up to the teams that have gone beyond them, and Tammy would give them something different. With his goal return, I think he’d be pivotal to them.”
The Insider’s View:
Abraham, in ways, is in a similar position as Lukaku was all those years ago. He’s a talented player who can’t break into Chelsea’s side, but a move to another club could really unleash him.
Yes, the Englishman hasn’t done anything close to what Lukaku did on loan at Everton and West Brom. However, he’s still only 23 and he has the potential to become a fine player for whichever club he ends up in.
This is a difficult decision for Arsenal. It is clear that the Gunners are looking for young, Premier League proven players this summer. Abraham certainly checks those boxes, but Chelsea’s £40 million valuation – payable either this summer or the next – could potentially force us to look elsewhere.