Friday, 6 January 2017

Fox out, Page in

Following hard on-the-heels of the sale of Ademola Lookman to Premier League Everton, Morgan Fox has today joined Championship Sheffield Wednesday. His move was expected and I believe the undisclosed fee to be in the region of £700k. Personally sorry to see this Charlton youth product sold for such a relatively small fee when he has so much promise but the boo-boys have been scapegoating him for awhile so no great surprise the club have decided to take the money this time around and Morgan to take a fresh opportunity. A shrewd move by Sheffield Wednesday in my opinion.

Anyhow, just as Morgan walks out, de cloob have been busy in the background and today announce and photographed an effective replacement signing of 20 year-old full-back Lewis Page from West Ham. Page has failed to break into the Hammers first team squad although did make three appearances in qualifying UEFA cup matches. It would appear he's been ruled out of making the Premier League grade but he should do well enough in League One given the chance and hopefully has more improvement to come.

In summary, of course, this is another move which recoups cash for Duchatelet and, presumably, helps with lowering the wage bill further. My totting would suggest he has now raked in £16m in transfer fees since the end of last season, a couple of million more than he paid for the club. Including the Gomez, Poyet, Kermorgant and Stephens fees, that's getting on for £25m in three years - significantly more than any there years in the history of the club and some people still won't accept it's a Player Farm model.

There may yet be another body or even two joining the ranks with wages funded from the loose change in the Lookman deal, but whatever happens, the pressure is now firmly on Karl Robinson to deliver a play-off place. 

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