This is a shame – I liked him as a player and assume he’ll grow to dominate that division – but I suppose these sorts of move will be reasonably common in the weeks ahead. We’ve already lost Gera, Johnson (E) and Kamara, and I’m sure there will be one or two more fringe players looking for new homes.
Martin Jol’s squad is well constructed, with several players having played over 100 games for the club. The re-birth of Ray Lew means that Jol has someone who knows the team inside out to hand (if he needs it; I get a sense that Jol knows his squad quite well already) so really it’s going to be a case of tinkering around the edges, gently bringing down the squad’s average age and managing a transition so that in four years we’re not sitting here wondering why our team of 33+ year old favourites aren’t winning games anymore.
So we’ll see what happens. The season’s early start is a little disorientating. In my mind we’re back playing again, so it feels like all the moves should have been made. In reality the serious business doesn’t start for a couple of months. So there’s no rush.