If the story that the EFL have imposed a transfer embargo is true (at time of writing neither the club nor the EFL had confirmed the reports), it means Garry Monk may have to make some tough decisions on players who were seemingly destined to leave.
Currently, David Stockdale, Tomasz Kuszczak and Jonathan Grounds are believed to be on the transfer list, and with no players likely to be coming in, the manager may have to consider re-integrating them back into the first-team if the ban on transfers isn’t lifted.
In recent days, our no.13 has been pretty clear that he isn’t seeking to leave the club, but Monk doesn’t currently see him in his plans. He was quoted by the Birmingham Mail as saying:
“Why does there need to be a reason? The reason is the manager has decided I’m not in his plans. No problem. Sometimes it happens and that’s football. Not always because I’ve done something wrong.”
With the player’s move to Leeds seemingly off and the fact, there are no other teams seeking to sign the keeper on a permanent basis, it’s not as though we’d be losing out financially by keeping him.
It seems there’s no bad blood between the player and manager too, so it could be the case of making the best of a bad situation. Considering the issues around the reported embargo, Stockdale’s reintegration may have to be considered. What do you think? Let me know in the poll.