Ismaili Soro looks set to leave the club in this window, and I reckon that’s a mistake.
But it’s a mistake that we won’t recognise for a while and won’t regret for even longer.
Nevertheless, I think he’s an excellent footballer and he will be a big hit in the US.
I am really disappointed to be losing this guy. You can tell watching him that there’s a real footballer there, but he needs to play regularly and he needs to learn some discipline. He is sometimes rash, and not just in the tackle.
He tends to rush his passing too at time and for a player in his position that can lead to disaster.
But there’s definitely something there.
When on his game he is tough in the tackle and fearless.
He has a real engine too, and gets up and down the pitch very well. The US MLS will suit him, and we have a good relationship with the New York club which looks set to buy him; they trust us.
The amazing thing is how many of the Lennon signings have already been shown the door at the club. Some of those signings were truly baffling and have been a massive disappointment.
Whose judgement stunk? Lennon’s himself, or whoever he trusted to sign players?
Have any of them fitted the bill? Not as far as Ange is concerned anyway.
Perhaps Soro just doesn’t fit into the system.
Ange has his own ideas about what a player needs to have.
Perhaps he simply feels that we don’t have time to wait for this guy to come good.
I understand that, and would never call the manager out on such a decision, and in particular because Bitton has been so good and he’s signed a midfielder anyway.
But Soro will surprise people once he develops properly into the player he can be.
I think we will come to recognise that he is a better footballer than many give him credit for.
I think this is one that we’ll eventually come to regret.