After news filtered through that Godden was rumoured to be leaving for Coventry, it was in the blink of an eye before Matty’s capture by Coventry was officially confirmed. Citing an uncertainty over first team football on why he departed, Matty’s move is based on principle and not based on any bad blood nor a cash-grab.
But, with Posh selling Matty Stevens recently also, are we now not short in the striker department? After Mo Eisa’s quiet opening weekend against Fleetwood, is it a risk sticking with the new mega money buy from Bristol City? Or, should we trust in Fergie and understand that Godden’s price-tag was met and provides profit on a man who was only a Posh striker for a year.
In my opinion, from a money perspective, it was right to move on Matty. Signing him for less than the presumed figure we sold him for (which stands at 750k), it looks like a bit of smart business, especially with the sanctions that could come our way if we fail to fall into the FFP remits. Likewise, he wasn’t guaranteed a start with us in the next campaign as Ivan Toney is superior in the manager’s eyes as is the new boy Mo Eisa and thus we can’t have a disgruntled man on the bench who is unhappy, which could, in tow create an unwanted atmosphere behind the scenes.
Thankfully, Matty doesn’t seem like the one to let such an environment fester and he left with his head held high with a lovely statement about the club on his social media. After losing his Mum to cancer, it seems Posh helped him through those tough times and couldn’t do more to be supportive when he grieved. After a rocky relationship with Steve Evans, it’s nice to see that Matty exited Posh in a positive light and the club is welcoming and concerned for the wellbeing of its players. Therefore, it does seem like a move that benefits all parties as Matty wants to concentrate on football week in week out after personal loss.
“By selling to a potential League One rival, are we not in danger of shooting ourselves in the foot?”
But, should Posh have tried to persuade Matty to stay? Selling him to a club like Coventry is an odd one for me, as Coventry could be an outside bet for promotion this season, as Mark Robins has done an excellent job steering a difficult ship. By selling to a potential League One rival, are we not in danger of shooting ourselves in the foot? Because, as if often occurs, former players usually come back to haunt us (Danny Andrew at the weekend an example and Kieran Sadlier another from last season). When The Sky Blues play us, you can bet your bottom dollar on the fact Matty will probably impress. Therefore, it seems naive to sell him to a team like The Sky Blues.
It could, however, be seen as a way of offloading players we no longer need and Fergie may see Godden as no longer a threat and thus Godden can move to where he chooses. Regardless of whether he’d moved to Coventry or the Chinese Super League, Godden’s departure leaves a gaping hole in striker cover as Matty was an excellent player to rely on last season. Even when he experienced goal droughts, he often got himself out of those. His most memorable moment last season was his excellent strike with stoppage time looming against last season’s playoff finalists Sunderland, netting a wonderfully taken goal before a fierce volley nearly won the match at the death. By selling up, we lose that firepower and have it replaced by two youngsters in Serhat Tasdemir and Idris Kanu. Don’t get me wrong, both are exciting prospects but you don’t want to rely on them if Eisa or Toney (or god forbid) both suffered injuries.
The only way this sale makes sense is if we have a replacement in the pipeline ready to fill Godden’s boots, because if we don’t, we are significantly short in the striker position if the worst happens injury wise. The positive here, however, could be the fact that we have youth prospects available who could make the step up – Serhat impressed me in pre-season and he scored in a reserve team match the other day, alongside Kanu who looks stronger, faster and more equipped than the teenager we got from Aldershot under McCann. Harrison Burrows is another exciting talent who is an attacker, but at just 17, Harrison’s time might come later.
Therefore, with Godden gone, I do think it’s a good move if a little risky. Firstly, the incentive of money makes this deal a successful one as we’ve profited on a 28 year old striker. By getting rid of an ageing player, we can therefore look to youth instead of a man who is reaching the peak of his career very soon. Moreover, he wants to leave and we shouldn’t be the ones to stand in his way. We’ve helped him personally, but if Matty craves first team football consistently, we cannot say outright he’ll get that even if Eisa failed to impress against Fleetwood.
Eisa, now with Matty gone, needs to get the fans’ full support as opposed to writing him off after a quiet debut. It does leave us short, but if a replacement is found, that issue is solved. If not, we will have to rely on luck that our strikers remain injury free and that Serhat and Idris can wait in the wings and provide adequate backup. Away from all of this, I personally want to wish Matty well with Coventry as he seemed a genuine bloke and a man who performed very well for us last season who should impress with The Sky Blues. Just, let’s hope, he doesn’t impress too much and leaves us regretting his sale!