Former Arsenal fullback Nigel Winterburn believes the Gunners should reignite their interest in Tammy Abraham.
The London club tried to secure the 23-year-old’s signature before he moved to Roma from Chelsea last year, and Winterburn thinks the England international would still be a very good signing:
“He fits into the bill of what Arsenal were trying to do. A young player with huge potential, so my opinion doesn’t change that he would have been a great option for Arsenal.”
Winterburn does, however, believe that Arsenal may have missed the boat in regards to snapping up Abraham, as he feels the striker may want to stay in Italy after a successful first season:
“I would suggest that if he’s enjoying himself, then he wouldn’t want to move. He’s playing regular football, so I don’t feel like he would move back to England next season. I don’t see why he would move back, sometimes when you move and get that freedom, that game time you wanted and scoring goals it does wonders for you.”
“I always remember Arsene Wenger saying that Nicolas Anelka felt he moved two years too early. I’m not expecting Tammy Abraham to move, someone’s taken a chance on him and he’s repaying that faith. But let’s wait and see, I imagine he’ll be looked at because he’s young and someone who will be on a upwards trajectory, so there’s always going to be interest.”
Abraham has been in great form so far this campaign, having scored 23 times in 40 appearances, but Roma are believed to have slapped a £100m price tag on the forward to ward off potential suitors.
Manchester United have also been mentioned as another possible destination for the Englishman but, as he is a boyhood Gunners supporter, he would probably prefer a move to the Emirates. The cost of the transfer could, though, prove to be prohibitive.