Bielik and Asano gone. The clearout begins in earnest.

One of the major tasks this summer was to add a depth of quality to replace our outgoing players. Just as important was to ensure a pathway for our talented youth to the first team and similarly important to move on players who haven’t made the grade.

I think it’s reasonably fair to say the punt on Asano didn’t work. Other than shifting a few shirts in Asia, I cannot recall any kind of impact on the club other than in the bank balance. I don’t want to be unfair to the bloke, but I harbour no sentiments to him. He’s made a few quid, good on him. Move on.

Bielik is an altogether different story. He’s had successful loan spells and looks a real player. The staff at Arsenal though must see something isn’t 100% in him yet though as again we were looking to loan him out until he put paid to that. Bielik wants first-team football and he doesn’t want a loan. I get that. Everyone wants stability.

To shift both out with significant sell-on clauses is good business and to get 8m plus add-ons for Bielik is extremely good business for a player who simply did not want to stay.

Our ruthlessness in getting rid of these players this summer bodes well for the rest of the players that need to move on. I mentioned only the other day in – there are other players that need to similarly not be here anymore.

Raul and his team are clearly proficient with this transfer business. Exhilarating isn’t it.

Til next time


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