Date: 28th April 2019 at 7:30pm
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Former Leeds United and Middlesbrough striker Noel Whelan has bizarrely claimed that Everton aren’t a big enough club for Tammy Abraham, given the recent speculation linking us with a possible move for the striker during the summer transfer window.

The young Chelsea attacker has already proven himself more than capable of banging in the goals in the Championship owing to his spells with Bristol City previously and, in this campaign, with Aston Villa, but it’s not unfair to say he hasn’t yet proven himself in the Premier League.

His spell with Swansea City wasn’t great and he didn’t find the back of the net as often as many thought, but with him back on fire this year (25 goals) the rumour mill has already started linking him with a few top flight clubs.

Speaking to Football Insider at the end of last week, Whelan claimed he was ‘too good for Everton’ and presumably thinks the 21-year-old would walk into the sides in the top six.

“He is too good for Everton. No disrespect to Everton, who are a great club but the way Tammy is playing he could be in the Chelsea team or that of another top club. There will be changes at Chelsea this summer. I doubt Eden Hazard will stay and they surely can’t overlook Tammy Abraham. They have to give him an opportunity. Surely they can’t do another Lukuku? If I was the manager I would say, ‘let’s give him a really good chance to show what he’s got’. He’s a really special player, no doubt about that.”

Saying ‘no disrespect’ doesn’t absolve him of the comment and Chelsea have systematically shown they fail to develop their own products, so what makes him think that would change? Other clubs, unless anything dramatic happens, already have their favoured Number 9’s in place – the spot at Everton is wide open for somebody to claim and although Abraham has to work on his overall game and prove he can hack it in the top flight, why wouldn’t think he can achieve legendary status at Goodison.


7 Replies to ““Too Good For Everton” Pundit Misses The Point As He Talks Down Goodison Move”

  • I’m a Villa fan and thought I would add an honest viewpoint on Tammy given I’ve seen a lot of him this season. I feel Villa fans also know Everton’s position in football better than most as you were always roughly the same as Villa until recent times.

    Tammy is an exciting young talent. He’s hugely passionate, he leads the line really well, defends from the front and he has the knack of always getting his goal even when not at his best.

    At this moment in time he’s a mid to upper mid table Premier League striker in my view. Can he step up to be top 6 material? I have my doubts at the moment as he isn’t clinical enough. We create an awful lot of chances so scoring 25 goals is a symptom of that.

    He may develop further and become more clinical but if he doesn’t he won’t be a Champions League player. I can understand why Chelsea aren’t sure therefore. Wolves were interested in him in January and obviously Everton are being mentioned now. I’d say either of those would be a good move for him and I can’t see anyone higher than that coming in for him.If we get promoted perhaps he might stay as we will need a new strike force next year whatever happens but that’s a big if of course.

    Good luck for the future and I hope we will soon be battling with you again soon. Villa fans have a soft spot for Everton as we’ve always seem ourselves in much the same position as you.

    • Appreciate the comment Nick. At his age the question is undoubtedly – how much more can/will he develop.

  • Thanks for your comments Nick. As an evertonian, I would agree that Villa are a huge club with proud traditions and a great fan base.However, I do not believe that Tammy is good enough currently to enable Everton challenge for the top of the table and they need to be far more ambitious in their recruitment.

  • I think he’s a good one to develop, but if your need is more short term than that then you are probably right Paul. I suspect there is probably also better value to be had abroad too sadly! You guys have got a tough job in finding the striker who can fire you to the next level but who doesn’t get snapped up by the current top 6. Good luck for the future

  • This is just my opinion but if we go for the sort term option I think balotelli might be a good transfer this summer yeah I know his history in the league but his a great striker and I think he would do good for use and again that’s just my thoughts

    • There are worse shouts for an immediate short term alternative. Long term the concern would be team spirit and attitude when the inevitable ‘games’ began.

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