Fair enough. It’s all about opinions.My view is that with promotion being worth about 180mill that it would not be worth the risk of letting Chuba go for less than 25mill, anything less than 25mill and we are better off retaining his services to try and get us up next season.
I would really only sell for 25mill if we had firm plans in place on who we were going to get as replacements with deals agreed and Chuba made it clear he was desperate to go.
Otherwise we are going to end up blundering into the market with everyone knowing we have a load of cash we are desperate to spend.
What I'm saying is that my major concern is that we effectively end up swapping Chuba for the next version of Gestede.
My personal opinion is that the club has finally found a model and way of operating that hopefully means we are not too dependent on a particular player or manager, and it’s a while since we’ve had that (if ever) but it’s something everyone has been crying out for.
I’m not saying someone will score 29 goals next season (I’m not sure Chuba would either) but whether he stays or goes I think we’ll be in the play-off spots at least. The Scott/Carrick/Woodgate et al thing is working out so far and I’m prepared to back it, I think Gibson will be too, and if they collectively decide they could do more with the £20m (give or take) than keep a player with one great season under his belt who could leave for nothing soon at the peak of his career’s worth, I’ll trust it.