Former Newcastle United player Micky Quinn has not held back in his criticism of Chelsea youngster Tammy Abraham.
The England Under-21 international was heavily linked with a loan switch to the Magpies in order to boost his development.
However, the Daily Mail reported last week that the 19-year-old will agree to join Swansea City on a temporary deal for the 2017-18 campaign.
Abraham is expected to link up with manager Paul Clement, who he is already familiar with having worked within Chelsea’s youth systems.
Quinn believes that Abraham has made the wrong choice, stating that Newcastle is a much bigger club and playing under Rafael Benitez would be invaluable experience.
In his column for the Chronicle, Quinn wrote:
“I have to say I am extremely disappointed in Tammy Abraham. If he really is set to choose Swansea City over Newcastle United, I would seriously question his decision. It shouldn’t take me to tell him that Newcastle is a far bigger football club than Swansea.
“This claim that Abraham rejected Newcastle because of the nightlife seems pathetic to me as well. What frustrates me about this situation though is it strikes me as a football failing to think for himself.
“Undoubtedly an agent has got into his ear and wrongly advised him that Swansea is the club for him next season. That is total rubbish. Rafa is the manager who can make Abraham realise his potential. Paul Clement seems to be a decent coach, but Rafa is on a different level altogether.
“I don’t know Abraham personally and I don’t know his exact reasons for choosing Swansea over Newcastle but, quite frankly, any excuse would be weak in my eyes.”
Abraham has been in Poland with the international team competing in the Under-21 European Championships, but the campaign has ended in disappointing fashion.
The teenager scored in the semi-finals against Germany on Wednesday, but a 2-2 draw in normal time resulted in a penalty shootout.
Despite being one of the scorers on the night, Abraham missed from the spot as England were beaten 4-2 by Germany.