A couple of issues above and beyond the burning matter of staying in the premier league are going to crop up before the season does end. What does Hughton & Co do with two players who are both seemingly very wanted men.
Chris Martin and James Vaughan, two who play in a deptpartment where we have struggled to have an effect, strikers. I am not going to open the should they have been let go or not. But it would seem two clubs are more than keen to add these two to their respective squads.
If you can believe the press in Derby, that talks have opened with City for Chris Martin after The Rams manager Nigel Clough praised martin's efforts during his loan spell. Then a little further up the road Vaughan has been nothing but success for Huddersfield, leading scorer and player of the season, it would go without saying that any manager in that position would want to keep hold of him.
Mark Robins has confirmed in the local press that, he will speak to City regarding 2012-13 top-scorer Vaughan, a player he is desperate to sign permanently. It is also thought Derby are keen on Vaughan too, linking him with Martin.
With City's destination by no means certain, I hope that all talks are put on hold until our season is finished, there is no rush to get shot of anyone, that includes Declan Rudd, Korey Smith and Tom Adeyemi who have all been farmed out on loan to Preston, Doncaster and Brentford in order.
I think of Vaughan in particular, he was sent out to get pitch time and to prove he can deliver, while not leading the division's scoring charts his total is by no means to be sniffed at. Should the worst happen and City are relegated wouldn't Vaughan have more value to City than selling him for the amounts that have been branded about in the press. (£750K to £1Mill) He has not really had the chance to show us what he can do, through a terrible run of injuries and then just when he looked to be sharp he is loaned out.
Chris Martin has been an enigma, he started very brightly even Sir Alex was reported to be interested, he formed a very good partnership with Grant Holt in League 1, but hasn't been able to reproduce anything remotely similar. He has often made more headlines for his off the field activities than those on it. I feel he has had enough chances at City to prove what he can do, the time is here for a parting of the ways in the best interests of Player and Club.
I imagine and hope that all types of talks are on hold until we finish playing then the decisions can be made.