I don’t know whether Tareiq Holmes-Dennis represents a major player as of today in Russell Slade’s mind, but once again we will never find out as Roland Duchatelet pushes another one of our great academy prospects from his farm out of the door.
Holmes-Dennis is coveted by David Wagner so Huddersfield Town made the approach to the club to discuss terms with the 20-year old, and sure enough he will sign this afternoon for an undisclosed fee.
I understand that Holmes-Dennis was unhappy at his limited opportunities and sought playing time out on loan last season but under Slade, he has been a regular squad feature thus far, and will be given better handling by the new manager.
However, the slightest sniff of an enquiry and Duchatelet cashes in. Holmes-Dennis has started just 5 games for the Addicks, and prior to the Belgian invasion Holmes-Dennis, Joe Gomez and Ademola Lookman were the three stand out youth players at the club. Just Lookman now remains, for now.
Slade’s squad needs strengthening not depleting, especially with creative players, of which Holmes-Dennis is one. Of course THD may still be desperate to leave and the move gives him a new lease of life at a higher level club, but the cynical will say that this is all part of Duchatelet’s plan. Stack those academy players high and move them on as soon as they represent liquid cash.
Also with just days of the window to go this squad is not robust or strong enough to withstand League One until January. But I reckon clever old Roly thinks it is.