Coventry City have this morning admitted that their striker, Callum Wilson is in talks with two clubs over a prospective transfer.
The Sky Blues’ development director, Steve Waggott confirmed to the Coventry Evening Telegraph that two clubs had met their valuation of the player.
“There are two main protagonists who have shown how much they want the player, and which the agent is fully aware,” he said. “There is lots of interest in the player and it`s a massive moment for Callum. Last year Steven Pressley and I sat him down in the office to talk to him, initially about a one-year contract to see how he went, never thinking what was going to ensue.
“He very quickly came back into the office and took his money as we had promised. Then we brought him in again and put him on a three-year contract which took him up by a lot of money at that stage to try to give him the type of security that he wants.
“He`s in discussion with his agent about what happens next. We would love him to stay but, if he`s going to go, my job is to get the best possible commercial deal for the club.
As another great Academy lad he`s got to make a decision – not purely on monetary terms – but a football decision as well.”
Those two clubs are widely reported as being Bournemouth and Norwich City but Waggott has warned the player over the dangers of reducing his game time and thereby slowing his development if he signs for a club and he isn’t a regular starter.
‘It`s pointless him going to a massive club and sitting on the bench,” he said. “He`s got to kick on. I would love it to be with us but he`s at the juncture which is absolutely life changing because I know exactly how much has been offered to him, communicated through his agent. It`s one of those situations where success can work against you as a football club but I`ve got a policy where I never, ever stand in the way of a player or a manager if it`s deemed to be the right thing.”
I get where Steve Waggott is coming from although he obviously wants to keep the player. In terms of game time at Norwich, that would have to be marked as ‘uncertain,’ simply due to the number of options we now have in the striking department.
Last season it was well known that the strikers we did have couldn’t hit a cow’s backside with a banjo – let alone a barn door with a football. Neil Adams has clearly made goal scoring his number one priority and has already recruited Grabban and Lafferty to add to RvW, Hooper, Loza and Becchio already in the squad.
Let’s assume that if Wilson comes, there will have to be some movement out of the club in terms of the existing strike force.
Jamar Loza seems likely to go out on loan for the first few months to add to his experience levels. He is young and still learning the game and there is no need to rush him. Becchio seems ripe to move on, having not featured under Adams at all in those last five games – a number of Championship sides would be interested.
That leaves RvW, Hooper, Grabban and Lafferty. Conventional wisdom suggests that four strikers is enough in a squad, if you want to give them all some game time and keep them sharp and happy. Wilson would make it five in all.
Is that too many strikers? Only Neil Adams knows the answer to that, but what we would have if Wilson should arrive, will be a myriad of options to score the goals that Adams is banking on keeping the supporters happy – which in turn will keep him in a job.
Just last week, Bournemouth boss, Eddie Howe said that he would’ve loved to keep Lewis Grabban but could not match Norwich’s financial package which offered ‘life changing’ wages to the striker.
Now, Wilson will want to develop in the game and it will be up to the two clubs to sell themselves to him as being the best option for him.
However, if you are an AC/DC fan, like me and you dig out your copy of their album ‘The Razor’s Edge,’ you will see that there is a track called ‘Money Talks’ on it – a very fine track it is too.
That my friends, could be what this comes down to because money sure does talk.