I said back in the middle of August that every player needed to be given their chance to prove themselves under the new regime.
And I think it’s fair to say that this man was given his fair chance to make an impact on the team, but there just happened to be better options out there for Aitor Karanka to choose from. The club confirmed yesterday that midfielder Charlie Lakin will be spending the rest of the season on loan at Scottish Premiership side Ross County.
The midfielder was a prominent part in the early stages of our campaign, being a regular during pre-season friendlies and also playing against Cambridge United in the League Cup 1st round, but as we’ve pointed out on here before, competition for places was always going to be tough, as he’s just one of the people who hasn’t been able to crack the first-team, for now at least.
The interesting bit will now be if the rest of the players that leave will be on loans like Lakin, or if they are going to be sold.
How many more players will leave by the end of both summer windows?
Less than 5
5 or more
It’s not as if we need to raise money for any more signings (just yet anyway), with Karanka saying the remainder of the window (let’s not forget there’s another domestic window to get through) will be focusing on selling players rather than bringing them in, these deals could start looking towards getting money in for reinforcements in the January window, or perhaps even looking ahead to next summer.
What about you? How many more players do you think we’ll get rid of before the next window closes? And will they be on loan deals or permanent?