Joel Asoro has denied claims that a move from Sunderland to Tottenham Hotspur broke down over financial demands, as reported in Swedish publication Sportbladet.
The young striker left the Stadium of Light this summer, joining Championship side Swansea City following the Black Cats’ relegation to League One.
The Swede, though, denies these claims – and says his decision to end talks with Spurs was purely based upon guarantees surrounding playing time and not finances.
So was the move to Swansea the right move for Asoro?
It’s a wise move from a young player with a clear progression path.
Why rot away in U23 football, largely forgotten until a free transfer to the scrapheap at 25?
Instead he’s getting regular football, a sure-fire way to guarantee the best chance of reaching potential.
Very astute indeed.
It is a good move in regards to first-team playing time.
There is no guarantee he would be playing week in, week out at Tottenham – and with Harry Kane the man up top, that would rarely happen.
Sticking with Swansea allows him to feature on a regular basis for a first-team in a competitive league, as opposed to playing U23s football or being loaned out.
I believe in the long run this decision will benefit him.
I think so.
Spurs are a good club and excel at bringing through young players but Asoro wouldn’t have got many minutes this season.
At Swansea he is playing for a like-minded coach and so I think he’s made the right call at the moment.