Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade has warned the Western Daily Press that some of his key players may have to be sold off in the January transfer window. The Glovers are already operating on a painfully thin squad, and Slade is anxious to strengthen his striking options next month.
However, that may have to come at a cost, with the paper referring to the obvious trio of Lee Peltier, Nathan Smith and Gary Roberts although inevitably Slade said it depends on what lands on the table during January:
"We might have to sell off one of them to bring in players. If we get the right offer we are going to have to consider it seriously. I know there has been interest but I haven't had a direct offer for Smith or Peltier or Roberts. But we know there have been bags of scouts watching."
It's true to say that every player has his price - both in terms of the financial gain the Football Club would have if the right offer was made, but also considering the moral obligation to allow players the ability to further their career. However, in this site's opinion, the club also need to consider another 'cost' - that of failing to keep the club in this division. That will have a finite value set against it, based on the drop in revenue that going into League Two would bring.
Quite clearly the club have more chance of maintaining League One football with those players mentioned above in the squad than without them. If such a player sale were to allow Slade the chance to bring in two or three replacements, such as striker Luke Rodgers, then it may add some value to the squad. However, if the end result is what has happened in previous League One seasons in that the relevant manager has had to dive into the loan market to a significant extent to try and plug gaps, then that may leave the club in a weaker position coming out of the transfer window than it will going in. The club's decision-making in January needs to be made with that in mind.
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