It's a fair comment really. I suppose other managers might have tried to string him along and tell him that he had a future here but I guess it's to GR's credit that their conversation was frank and to the club's credit that they didn't stand in Will's way and wait for a fatter fee. Whether it was the right call, I don't know but once Will decided to go, there was little point in trying to stop him. Worse still, I'd imagine Will's worth 4 to 5 times what we received already, but much of his improvement is, I suspect ,down to having better players around him as much as the coaching staff at Watford. Hopefully we have some kind of sell on clause. Optimist that I am, I also wonder whether we might not see him back at the club at some point in time. Maybe Watford and Derby will meet going in opposite directions one year, you never know.
As for Kasey, I got mugged off for giving him a big up when he joined but my lad's Chelsea and trained with their youth teams as a nipper and he's got a good inside track on their younger players - the word was really positive about Kasey and I highlighted the fact that the Chelsea brains were saying he could play anywhere across the midfield or forward line - really adaptable. It's a shame therefore that it seems to have been an either or scenario with him, initially with Vyds and then with young Tom. Much as I love Andi Weimann's work ethic, he doesn't really seem to have the quality to hurt teams in the final third. Pains me to say it but maybe he was the one who should have made way as I think Tom remains a player of great promise and has a longer-term future at the club than Andi. Worse still, I can't see Kasey extending his stay.
I think the same argument extends to the youth players who've not had a look-in this season. I can't claim to have seen enough of them to be dogmatic about it but there were surely games we could have had a look at them? I was a bit crestfallen to see Elsnik and Lowe shipped out on season long loans as we've seen a bit of both in the first team already and they seem to have the technical prowess and quality that some of the seniors apparently lack. I think GR saw this season as being a dogfight (he was right!) and maybe that was the thinking but you gotta think that we need to look at them along with the likes of Bogle and Thomas. I'm probably being a soppy **** but I'd be gutted if Luke went to the Hammers without ever getting a proper run at Derby. Not sure what that would say about the value of the academy either to be honest. Who'd be a manager, huh?