Blackpool manager Neil Critchley has revealed it was ‘extremely difficult’ to let Sullay Kaikai join Wycombe on a free.
Kaikai, who joined Gareth Ainsworth’s side on Thursday, was released by Blackpool after scoring seven goals in 40 appearances last season – the former Crystal Palace youngster has penned a two-year-deal with his new club.
He later added: “Sullay is such a lovely person and he had a good season for us, but we felt it was the right thing to do.”
However, Kaikai did not feature at all in Blackpool’s successful play-off campaign as they saw off both Oxford United and Lincoln City to reach the Championship, with the likes of Keshi Anderson and Elliot Embleton preferred on the flanks to the recently capped Sierra Leonean.
That potentially could be another reason why Blackpool decided to release Kaikai, as he is likely to be unavailable during a busy January as Sierra Leone have qualified for their first ever African Cup of Nations.
Sullay Kaikai, for a large part of the season, had been a key player but after seeing how good they looked in the play-off campaign without him, this could turn out to be the correct decision.
The step up in quality to the Championship may also have played a part in Kaikai’s departure and since the arrival of Josh Bowler from Everton, game-time may not have been guaranteed.