As a spectator , I must say that I’m rather baffled by the apparent reported desire to offload the ‘beast’, Andre Bikey.
For the first 20 games or so last season , when we had an outlet up front before Igor got crocked or lost his form ( who knows which) , the defence , notably Henderson, Ben Haim & Bikey were absolutely brilliant.They only started to look a bit shaky because the ball kept arriving back to them with monotonous regularity because the forwards couldn’t hang on to it.
The 2 away wins at Norwich and Reading stood out for me as games where Bikey was a man mountain stemming the tide of opposition attacks. When Luzon arrived , he obviously didn’t fancy him and drafted in Roger Johnson , who , whilst he gave his all , was no better than Bikey and probably made more individual mistakes.
If I was playing centre forward for a Championship team and I got on the pitch and worked out that Bikey was marking me- I’m sure I wouldn’t have been the only No 9 to decide that perhaps today I don’t fancy it as much as normal.
There were certainly a few games in the 1st half of the season last year at The Valley where the opposition star forward was rather less committed than expected.
Anyway, managers make these decisions and IF it is true and he is not part of the plan for next season , we can only hope that his replacement is going to be as formidable. I think its going to be a very tough ask.