Speculation is rife as to the future of Nico, Gallen and White. And possibly Keet’ Keane.
Is this just message board rumours or newspaper tittle-tattle. The Luton News says they are up for sale and quote Kevin Gallen saying:
“I was brought into the office and told I was going to go on the transfer list and wasn’t going to play any more. I wasn’t going to be in the squad for the next game.
“He said I was too old and said he was going to play Tom Craddock and Matthew Barnes-Homer and said something about finances.
“It isn’t very much to do with me, I’m not a big wage earner at Luton.
It seems a daft thing to have to say, but I’m sure they wouldn’t publish such a direct quote without having spoken to KG and having his permission to publish it. And if it is an accurate quote, what reason would KG have to lie?
However, the Luton and Dunstable Express stated the following:
Asked if there was any truth to the suggestion that the players may be set for an exit, the Hatters boss said: Theres nothing to add from me from that point of view.
Football clubs are always full of rumours and conjecture and it seems that this football club is maybe more so than most.
What does that mean? So the reporter said to him ‘are four of your players on the transfer list’ and he says that he has nothing to add to that and that there is lots of conjecture and rumour at LTFC. (I could have told him that).
The thing is: he hasn’t denied it – and later went on to state in the article that there have been no bids for players.
Also, the official site, which is usually slow with news, but quick with condemnation of others has nothing to quell the speculation.
Of the players listed, I think it would be a crying shame to lose Gallen and Keet’. And cock-ups at Cambridge apart, White has been sound enough, and does what it says on the tin and nods away long balls all day. He’s not getting any younger, but is good to have around in case Pilks, Ed or Blackett are crocked, which knowing our luck, is pretty often.
We do seem to have an awful lot of strikers though: MB-H, Craddock, Nwokeji, Gallen, Rio, Basham (yes, I realise we probably won’t see him again), Hatch, Patrick, and the new lad O’Donnell. We haven’t got room for them all. Something’s got to give, especially if Money is building a team for the future, not solely for promotion this year.
On the signings front, there has been little news as to new players, although Nwokeji’s loan has been extended to the end of the season (good) Murray has been offered a 18 month contract (bad news for Porno) and Barnes-Homer has signed like we knew he would (excellent).
Money also spoke about Poku, suggesting we will see him sooner rather than later, which would again add weight to the rumours that one or more of Nico and or Keane are transfer listed. Would we need three holding midfielders? It’s like London buses. Two years ago we were crying out for a defensive midfielder, now we have three…