'I sent him back... because I wanted to' - West Brom loanee deal terminated early
Grimsby manager Ian Holloway has terminated Owen Winsdor’s loan contract at Blundell Park and sent the young attacker back to West Brom.
Winsdor, 19, scored two goals in 12 appearances for the Mariners but was left out of the squad for the 1-0 win against Scunthorpe on Saturday.
When asked to explain Windsor’s absense, Holloway was quoted by the Grimsby Telegraph as saying: “I sent him back.”
The former Blackpool and QPR manager was then asked to explain why Windsor’s loan deal had been terminated early.
He said: “Because I wanted to.
“He’s a good lad, I really like him, and I felt I needed to make some changes, and that’s it. I’m not going to discuss how I feel.”
Strange turn of events
Windsor was a regular starter for Grimsby after signing for the League Two club on a season-loan in October.
Speaking after the deal was done, Holloway said Windsor is a “bull of a number nine” and he was “absolutely privileged and delighted to have him”.
Fast forward a couple of months and Holloway is tearing up the youngster’s loan contract because he wanted to.
Something just doesn’t add up here.
Kevin Phillips told West Brom News in an exclusive interview last month that Holloway would be a great mentor for Windsor, suggesting that the Albion attacker is someone to keep an eye on in the coming years.
Windsor’s gone from starting almost every game to having his loan contract torn up and all the manager cares to say is cryptic at best.
Something more must have happened here.
That, or Holloway is taking no prisoners when it comes to even the slightest drop in form.
In other West Brom news, Phillips has shared what Joe Cole has told him about Allardyce.