OVF editor Rob Fielding thinks the club should look at securing the long-term futures of four key players now and not wait till the summer.
Rob Fielding writes…
Port Vale’s press release following the exit of striker Carlos Saleiro stated that the player’s wages “frees up funds for manager Bruno Ribeiro to begin searching for a replacement.”
However, despite some concerns about Vale’s striking options, I would put the money to use elsewhere.
After the Rochdale game, Vale’s forward options looked bright – Anton Forrester impressed, sub Alex Jones had a bright cameo while there are also the options of bringing JJ Hooper in from the wing or adding the returning Rigino Cilicia to the side.
Far too often Vale have allowed key player contracts to run out in the summer and then open negotiations with what is effectively a free agent, free to have their head turned by rival offers…
So, for me, there’s no urgent need for a new striker. In my opinion, it may actually be better to put the money to use for another long-term plan.
Far too often Vale have allowed key player contracts to run out in the summer and then open negotiations with what is effectively a free agent, free to have their head turned by rival offers.
In my opinion there are several key players whose contracts expire at the end of the season who the club should speak to now. They are midfield duo Anthony Grant and Sam Foley (although whether Grant would sign a deal is a moot point) and young defenders Remie Streete and Nathan Smith.
I would not complain if the club opened discussions with all four and secured their futures now. If they don’t then they stand the risk of losing some of the club’s brightest talent in the summer.