Norwich City confirm Tristan Abrahams will not return to Leyton Orient on loan

PUBLISHED: 12:19 01 September 2017 | UPDATED: 15:05 04 September 2017

Tristan Abrahams in action for Leyton Orient last season. Picture: Simon O'Connor Photography

Tristan Abrahams in action for Leyton Orient last season. Picture: Simon O'Connor Photography

Simon O'Connor Photography

Tristan Abrahams will not be returning to Leyton Orient on loan this season, Norwich City have announced.

The 18-year-old joined the Canaries shortly before the start of the campaign in a deal reportedly worth up to £250,000 and was due to be loaned back to Orient for the season.

Abrahams had not been in any of the National League side’s matchday squads though, as he trains with the Canaries’ under-23 squad, and started all three of the team’s Premier League Two fixtures.

That had led to Orient head coach Steve Davis publicly questioning whether the deal was the ‘right direction’ for the player or his club and it has subsequently been cancelled.

City’s sporting director, Stuart Webber, speaking to canaries.co.uk, explained: “We spoke to Leyton Orient and said we felt it would be beneficial for Tristan to spend more time here.

“He wasn’t getting the game-time we’d originally planned at Orient. If he’d played for them at all, it would have limited the potential for loan moves in the future.

“That was another factor for us to consider. We didn’t want to harm his opportunities so decided to act quickly on the situation, and Leyton Orient were very good about it.”

Abrahams scored two goals in nine games for the O’s last season, as he was given chances to impress as the club slipped towards relegation from the Football League.

The Canaries’ U23s have been short of strikers for PL2 games though, with last season’s top scorer Carlton Morris going out on loan to League One side Shrewsbury and Benny Ashley-Seal seemingly turning down professional terms after going on trial at Leicester City and Chelsea.

With a deal for Belgian trial striker Pierre Fonkeu not confirmed until last night, it left Abrahams as the main striker option for U23s boss Matt Gill, but now the 20-year-old has arrived to ease that situation.

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