Kirk to stay or go?
On loan Josh Davison still has some unfinished business at Swindon Town as they kick off the play-off’s at home to Port Vale on Sunday. Davison has scored 9 goals since his move on loan in January.
One out on loan player that has returned however is Charlie Kirk. I didn’t see many grievances of Sandgaard’s signing of Kirk from Crewe in the summer, but he never settled in the smoke particularly following the death of his father.
His playing time was even less under Jackson, when he made just to substitute appearances before being jettisoned to Blackpool, a division higher.
He was a regular in the Tangerines match day squad where Neil Critchley obviously felt the left-sided 24-year had a lot more to offer. Kirk ended with 7 starts plus 2 sub appearances and 3 assists. He missed Blackpool’s last game with a knock.
Now he is back in SE7, although I expect physically he is back in Cheshire, decisions have to be made to whether we keep Kirk for the second season of his 4-year deal.
Blackpool had the option of signing Kirk for £500,000, effectively returning Sandgaard’s investment. Rich Cawley says that a move to Blackpool is still a distinct possibility, and I expect Blackpool will want to renegotiate the transaction.
Still, the question is do we keep him? I mean there is no manager to advise on whether Kirk fits into a system, or to judge whether he has the appetite and hunger to want to give it another go in South London., but is there something there worth persevering with?
Adkins wanted to play with wingers, but Kirk looked lost at the start of last season, and to me he looked more like an inside left than an out-and-out winger. Under Jackson he was effectively locked out of the team in his persistent 3-5-2.
Crewe Alexandra’s pacy Charlie Kirk dominating proceedings with an overlapping left back was never to be seen again.
Blackpool’s style suited him better and with rumours that they plan to flog Josh Bowler to Bournemouth, I suspect Critchley still has his eyes on Charlie boy. Just at a cheaper price!