Could Chelsea's Abraham and Loftus-Cheek have been Newcastle's missing links?

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth at St. James Park on November 4, 2017...

Newcastle were close to signing Chelsea duo Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek before they joined Swansea and Crystal Palace respectively.

Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and AFC Bournemouth at St. James Park on November 4, 2017...Rafael Benitez, manager of Newcastle United, gives his team instructions during the Premier League match against AFC Bournemouth.

Newcastle United have made a decent start to life back in the Premier League after winning the Championship title and promotion at the first time of asking in 2016/17.

The Magpies are currently 11th in the table after four victories, two draws and five defeats from their opening 11 matches in the top tier of English football.

Tammy Abraham of Swansea during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Brighton and Hove Albion at Liberty Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.Tammy Abraham of Swansea during the Premier League match against Brighton and Hove Albion.

While, as expected for a team managed by Rafa Benitez, they have generally been defensively resolute this season, if there were an issue it would be their lack of goals.

Newcastle have scored ten times in the league, with only four of the bottom five, Huddersfield Town and Southampton having found the back of the net on fewer occasions to date.

Their attacking players have failed to truly perform, but it could have been a different story had they landed two Chelsea youngsters who have recently made the step up into Gareth Southgate's senior England squad - Tammy Abraham and Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace and Edimilson Fernandes of West Ham United battle for possession in the air during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Ham United...Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace and Edimilson Fernandes of West Ham United battle for possession in the air.

Benitez admitted to the Chronicle that a deal to sign Abraham on loan was all but agreed before a last minute decision saw the striker join Swansea City instead - with the 20 year old having score four league goals since, more than anyone at St James' Park.

Likewise, the Shields Gazette revealed how Loftus-Cheek had the option to come to Tyneside, but preferred to stay in his hometown of London and instead opted for Crystal Palace - where the midfielder has since impressed despite the fact the Eagles are currently bottom of the table.

If Benitez had the two Blues youngsters as part of his arsenal then that, coupled with a solid backline, could have seen his side be a real force to be reckoned with this term.

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