With the news being confirmed that want-away full back Charlie Taylor refused to pull on the famous white shirt for what could be his final time; all I have to say is good riddance to bad rubbish.
We've known for some time that Taylor had lost the fighting spirit we once saw from a young lad fresh from a loan spell at Fleetwood.
From the academy quartet of Cook, Byram, Mowatt and Taylor we're now set to complete a full house of departures. Of the four, we can probably agree that three of them had moved for the good of their career.
Cook and Byram had opportunities to progress in a higher division with more money and Alex Mowatt's career was being threatened with stagnation after not being in the fold under Garry Monk.
However, what stinks to high holy hell is the utter disrespect and arrogance that Charlie Taylor is showing the club that has given him a career in football.
Whether or not he believes that he deserves to be challenging higher in English football is irrelevant at this point. Taylor has been piss poor for a good portion of this season and has been outshone by a player who is not playing his natural position on his less preferred side.
What we are witnessing now is a spoilt brat not getting his own way and taking it out on the club that gave him this opportunity in football. Whereas you have a player that didn't know the history of the club coming from abroad like Berardi who clearly shows his admiration for what the club stands for and what it means to the fans.
I've heard a lot of people talk about Billy's age old saying; "side before self, every time" and this rings true in this situation. Taylor hasn't cared for 12 months now and although hypothetical, some standout performances from the left back could have made a real difference. We all saw what he's capable of against Brighton.
For me Charlie, walk away with your head down. The rotten apple you've become has left a bad taste in the fans that called your names mouth and we don't need that in our new dressing room.
You'll become a forgotten man in a team that plays for the shirt and what could have been a blessed career for the team you support will now become cold nights sitting on a bench.
Adios Charlie, it's unlikely you'll be missed.
By Ryan Ingham
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