Breaking News: Cardiff’s Neil Warnock blasts Chelsea
Never one to cause controversy, Cardiff boss Neil Warnock has taken a public swipe at Chelsea.
After missing out on England U21 international Tammy Abraham over the summer, Warnock has some strong words for the former Champions.
Ahead of their visit to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, Warnock has accused the Blues of lacking class.
While the 69-year-old may have missed out on his main target, it certainly adds another storyline to this weekends match-up.
Neil Warnock vs Chelsea
Looking to bolster his attacking options for their top-flight return, Warnock reached out to Chelsea regarding Abraham’s availability.
While the Cardiff boss did promise regular first-team minutes, a deal was unable to be reached.
Much to the 69-year-olds annoyance.
It wasn’t just missing out on one of his main targets that irritated Warnock.
Speaking to Standard Sport, the veteran manager was angered by Chelsea’s handling of the matter.
“I wanted Tammy Abraham from day one. I spoke to Eddie Newton (Chelsea’s loan player technical coach) about it, but he ended up at Aston Villa.
“It might have been because our deadline was three weeks before the Championship’s. Perhaps they weren’t sure at the time and then he ends up leaving at the end of the month, when only a move to a Championship club is possible. But even then, a phone call would have been better and shown a bit of class.”
After spending last season at relegated Swansea, Abraham is thought to have been keen on staying in the Premier League.
However, the England U21 international will be spending the year in the Championship.
Abraham has signed a one-year loan deal with Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa side.
Neil Warnock’s striking issues
Although they did score twice against Arsenal before the international break, a lack of goals could be Cardiff’s major problem.
The Bluebirds only striking reinforcement was the signing of Bobby Reid from Championship side Bristol City.
However, Cardiff were unable to find the net in their opening three Premier League games.
Their lack of creativity in the final third was highlighted by a lackluster 0-0 draw with Huddersfield last month.
Holding the joint worst attacking record in the division, Warnock made it clear the role Abraham would have played.
“Tammy would have been my main man in the Premier League – surely that would have been better for him? I don’t understand it. Surely they would want him playing in the Premier League?
“I don’t think it was a question over the size of the loan fee – we would have paid it. I just the felt the way we played, he would have enjoyed it and had an impact. I missed out on a few players waiting for him too, which disappointed me. But that’s life.”
Despite only scoring eight goals for Swansea last season, Abraham made his senior debut for Gareth Southgate’s side last year.
The now Villa loanee also found the net in England’s U21 matchup against Latvia over the international break.