Date: 21st May 2018 at 5:00pm
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With reports suggesting that David Stockdale has been told he can leave the club this summer, it does ring alarm bells about the club’s ambitions for next season.

As we don’t have the inside track as to what has prompted us to leave the door open for our no.13’s departure, there are two ways of looking at what is going on:

1) Monk Making His Mark

Although not always the most consistent of performers during his first year with us, the keeper is still one of the best shot-stoppers in the Championship. However, Garry Monk may feel he is not an essential player to keep.

That may sound counter-intuitive considering Stockdale’s quality but the manager is keen on building a squad fully committed to the cause. Leeds are seeking a new number one this summer, and with it being his hometown club, our goalkeeper may have had his head turned.

If that has indeed happened, we may have decided there is no point keeping him, especially due to the wages he is earning. If he is not happy staying, it would go against Monk’s philosophy of building a tight-knit group focused on playing for the club.

2) Financial Matters

Financial Fair Play is something that the club will have to deal following our spending last summer. The £17million loss in the second half of 2017 will mean we will likely have to sell before we buy.

With Stockdale on a reported £35k a week, one of the club’s top wage earners, combined with his high resale value, it could allow Monk room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.

Significant changes will be required to this squad before the start of next season and with the restrictions placed on us by FPP, difficult choices will have to be made.

In my opinion, the second scenario is likelier. The Yorkshire Evening Post‘s chief football writer Phil Hay believes Leeds’s interest in the keeper only came about after being made aware of Stockdale’s availability.

At the moment, there has been no official word from either club or the player, so we will just have to wait and see how things play out in the coming days and weeks.


3 Replies to “Two Differing Reasons For Why Birmingham Would Allow Stockdale To Leave”

  • I think basically it’s his wages we need to cut our cloth always thought it was a strange signing from Harry I’ve never been totally convinced by him wouldn’t surprise me were after 2 goalkeepers tbh

  • Stockdale made a few basic mistakes in the run in which cost us about 4 points, as he gets older he is bound to make more and in my opinion if we can sell, make a little money and save on wages of 35k a week it makes perfect sense.
    I accept that in some matches he was fantastic but I was never filled with confidence as he made simple basic errors when you didn’t expect them.
    Good move!

  • I think the rumour about Stockdale is more than likely true, and the reason lies somewhere between the two given.
    Monk probably does want to stamp his own mark on the squad, and along with it spread the wages across his reshaped squad and use any fee got from Stockdales sale towards incomings.
    I saw both of our 1st team keepers probably leaving because rumours were circulating that Rowett wanted Kuszczak to replace Carson at Derby, however, now it seems Rowetts taking over at Stoke, he’ll probably end up there, replacing Butland.
    Maybe Monk’ll go for Green or Vorm, as the more experienced keeper and look to a young up and coming keeper, i.e. Henderson of Man Ute, currently on loan at promotion chasing Shrewsbury, as the other.
    As at last close season we didn’t need a keeper, or at least there were more important positions that needed addressing and it’s similar again this close season, but, hey ho, if that what Monk thinks is the right thing to do then fine. I’m sure he’ll get it right.

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