The situation regarding highly rated striker Jack Marriott took another twist today as he was dropped by manager Steve Evans for their final game of the season at Portsmouth. The striker was dropped due to his “head not being in the right place” as we often see these days, basically he’s going to be leaving the club this summer.
Marriott has been linked with Leeds recently and was strongly linked in January but the price tag seemed to be the issue. Finding a striker at this level isn’t easy and what the club need to realise is that you have to pay to get one. So many clubs find players to get their goals but in more cases than not they spend more than they would like to get them in, we are no different but we don’t often spend the money. At the time of Chris Wood £3 million was a lot of money for Leeds United, we hadn’t spent that sort of cash in a long time and Massimo Cellino took the plunge. We tried to replace him with a loan and a gamble and it hasn’t worked at all, in fact it’s been a bit of a disaster.
Marriot is a natural goal scorer, quick and clever and judging by the number of goals he’s banged in League One the chances are high he will score goals in the Championship, the gap really isn’t that big anymore. The sides that have come up from League One have proved that although Bolton still have work to do, Sheffield United and Millwall have brushed aside any gap and both can consider themselves unlucky they have fallen just short of the play-off places. If you get in the right players and pay the money for the best ones you aren’t really taking a huge gamble anymore, every player is a gamble in a way, at least they understand the rough and tumble of the football league.