Swansea City certainly went through the mill towards the end of the transfer window last week, with a number of players linked away.
Daniel James and Leroy Fer could have both left but didn’t, whilst Tom Carroll did actually move to Aston Villa late on.
Indeed, Oliver McBurnie was far from pleased:
???? gutted mate, see u soon brother❤️
— Oli McBurnie (@oli_mcburnie) January 31, 2019
And, that in mind, we caught up with EFL on Quest pundit Dean Ashton to see if he’d felt similar during his career as a forward.
He told us exclusively:
“I can’t relate in terms of a player leaving but I noticed when I left Crewe, Kenny Lunt was the player that gave me at least half my goals and as a striker.
“If you have that player that you know if you make a run they’ll see it and they’ll find you that can be so important because it obviously gets you goals but it makes your overall play look better too.
“So I can see why that would be frustrating for McBurnie because he’s been having a good season and he wants to do well and make an impression and it can be a big blow when there’s that player that you’ve got a good rapport with.”
We then asked him what it was like when a better player, in general, leaves the club…
“It depends really, I think it does affect a team really.
“Especially when they play a huge part in getting results and particularly if they’re a great lad around the dressing room as well.
“Sometimes players will leave the club that might not be as influential on the pitch but are unbelievable to have in the dressing room and in and around the club so they’ll be missed.
“It usually depends on who’s going to be stepping in or even if you’ve brought someone in at all and if you haven’t then I think that can affect the team and make everyone feel a little bit down so it’ll be interesting to see how they get on.”
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