Blackpool’s FA Cup run was ended at Premier League Brighton on Saturday, but less than two hours after the full-time whistle at The Amex, the Seasiders announced a major signing.
Neil Critchley has generally been quiet this month, adding only young goalkeeper Ellis Simms on loan from Everton, but has secured the services of former Tottenham and Liverpool midfielder Kevin Stewart on a permanent deal.
Stewart, who was a product of Spurs’ academy, has been without a club since his release from Hull City at the end of last season following their relegation to League One, but has joined up with the Seasiders on an 18-month contract.
The defensive midfielder featured 78 times for the Tigers, and has enjoyed loan spells at Burton, Cheltenham and Swindon during his time at Anfield, where he also made 11 Premier League appearances.
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The capture of Stewart, who was a regular in the Championship last season, is a real statement of intent Critchley, who’ll be hoping his addition will increase their chances of avoiding relegation following their recent wobble.
And here’s how the Bloomfield Road outfit reacted on Twitter to Stewart signing:
Half decent player shows real promise………I hope 🤔
— Will Howlett (@Whowlett199309) January 23, 2021
Wow this was out of the blue
— Alfie Cornford (@bfcalfie04) January 23, 2021
This has perked me up a bit. Thank you 😃.
— Jane Stuart 🗼⚽️👩🏻💻🍊 (@blackpooljane) January 23, 2021
You love to see it 🥵🥵😍
— Zach (@06_zac) January 23, 2021
Fantastic signing!!! #UTMP 🧡🍊
— Mr Gilpin (@MrGilpinPE) January 23, 2021
What a signing he is
— James Bellamy (@JamesBe73253901) January 23, 2021
— utmp – Up The Mighty Pool (@utmp_) January 23, 2021
Some positive news finally. Welcome aboard Kevin 🍊👍 https://t.co/xMcuaYoE2E
— Rob Walker (@TangerineRob) January 23, 2021
Lovely little addition! Welcome, Kevin! 🍊 https://t.co/cVvb8bV41P
— Bloomfield Bear (@bloomfieldbear) January 23, 2021
What a signing. In Sadler we trust. https://t.co/IfwhLtn7sJ
— Oliver (@OllieBFC2003) January 23, 2021