All the transfer talk at the moment surrounds Robbie Brady and Sergi Canos. Brady of course, is an ever present in the tabloid transfer gossip columns and has been ever since City were relegated.
Canos is the name in most of the stories this week though. The young Spaniard is reportedly available for £3m, according to a BBC Yorkshire journalist, who was tweeting yesterday about the chances of Sergi joining Leeds.
Norwich paid a reported £2.5m to sign the young man in the summer from Liverpool but it seems that he hasn`t inspired Alex Neil. Is that just Neil playing his “favourites” ahead of Canos, or is it that perhaps he doesn`t put in enough effort?
Sergi has made only one league start, the 3-0 defeat at Birmingham and he hasn`t been anywhere near the first team squad since. In fact, over the Christmas period he posted a picture of Paris on his Instagram profile, suggesting that he was on a City break rather than training, much to my son`s dismay.
Only those within the club know why this promising young player hasn`t had the game time most of us assumed he would get after the departure of Nathan Redmond and now he looks on the verge of being sold.
Brentford, Bristol City and Leeds United are all reportedly in the hunt for Canos and I suspect it`s more than just the good form of Jacob Murphy as to why he hasn`t been more involved. Alex Neil is quoted in the Pink ‘Un
this morning as saying that it`s down to the form of Murphy, nothing more and that Canos understands the situation. If that is the case then why has he not been involved in more match day squads?
I`m not trying to build up a conspiracy here but the reality is that Josh Murphy is a bench regular ahead of Canos, so you`d have to assume that the young Spaniard is not as good as either of the Murphy boys. With Matt Jarvis about to re-join the first team picture, City have another player in the mix and that will push Canos even further down the pecking order. He`s at the age when he needs to play to develop and if our manager thinks he has better options, then the lad is going to have to move on for that game time.
It`s a shame because a Liverpool supporting mate of mine really rates Canos as having a bright future in the game. When I saw him in the Coventry EFL Cup game, he was excellent and picked up the man of the match award.
Sometimes things just don`t work out and that`s a shame but the bottom line is that if he`s not going to play then he might as well move on for a small profit that would cover his wages.
That`s life, as Frank Sinatra once said.