Sitting on the bench at the Amex on Saturday may cause Tammy Abraham to reflect on his decision to snub Albion.

The Chelsea prospect's debut season in the Premier League has turned sour at Swansea.

Abraham was in demand last summer after scoring 23 goals in the Championship on loan to Bristol City (below).

The Argus: The England under-21 striker was targeted by the Seagulls to add youthful pace and mobility to their attacking options.

They faced competition initially from Newcastle before Swansea joined the race and Abraham chose another country to further his career.

If the decision was based purely on football reasons it was understandable.

Albion were newcomers, Newcastle in spite of their previous top flight pedigree and stature a promoted club as well.

Swansea were well-established. They had finished between eighth and 15th in their six seasons in the Premier League.

They also had as manager Paul Clement (below), providing a link for Abraham to Stamford Bridge.

The Argus: At this stage of the story I am reminded of the script in that famous sketch involving the late, great Eric Morecambe and Andre Previn.

Did Abraham make the right move but not necessarily for the right reasons?

The suspicion is Swansea's willingness to meet signing-on demands of around £1 million for Abraham, his agent and family played a part.

It initially worked out well. Although Swansea were struggling, Abraham was thriving. Just before Albion's visit at the beginning of November, he was rewarded for five goals in his first ten appearances with a call-up from Gareth Southgate to the senior England squad.

He made an hour-long debut in the 0-0 friendly draw with world champions Germany at Wembley and came off the bench four days later when the result was the same against Brazil.

Abraham's stock was high but he has been in reverse gear ever since.

Clement was sacked just before Christmas, with Swansea bottom of the table. The decline had already begun by then - Abraham had gone ten games without a goal.

It has gathered pace under Clement's successor Carlos Carvalhal, who evidently does not fancy Abraham as the answer for a relegation fight.

The juxtaposition has justified Carvalhal's verdict. Swansea have suffered just two defeats in 14 matches under the Portugese with a penchant for analogies.

The Argus: Carvalhal (above) has taken Swansea from the foot of the table to 16th with a run of results including back-to-back home wins against Liverpool and Arsenal.

They are also within sight of a home quarter-final against Spurs or Rochdale in the FA Cup if they see off Carvalhal's old club Sheffield Wednesday in next week's replay in Wales.

Abraham's role in this resurrection? He has not started in the Premier League since he was substituted at Watford before the hour mark in the final fixture of 2017.

Swansea turned a 1-0 deficit at Vicarage Road into a last-gasp 2-1 victory in his absence and they have continued to flourish without him.

Abraham has not scored a Premier League goal since October. His only goals in his last 19 outings were the two he scored in an FA Cup replay annihalation of League Two Notts County.

He cut a forlorn figure when Carvalhal hauled him off at Hillsborough at the weekend after another ineffective contribution.

It is tempting to conclude that Albion dodged a bullet when they missed out on Abraham.

That may not have been the case. The recruitment department's record over the last few transfer windows has been pretty impressive. They clearly viewed him as a good fit.

We'll never know what impact Abraham might have made at the Amex under Chris Hughton, where they would be if he had said yes.

It is too sign to write him off. Players at his age are particularly prone to peaks and troughs but, right now, Albion and Swansea are both better off without him.