Date: 20th January 2011 at 1:00pm
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Even before the signing of Adam Hammill, rumours were flying around that this meant the departure of Matt Jarvis. Now, the tittle-tattle will go into overdrive. And here`s a contribution to it.

If we purchase Leigh Griffiths from Dundee, we will have five wingers in the squad (six, if Kightly is included), all apparently of PL standard. Indeed, the reports of Hammill`s ability suggest that MM has done a good bit of business, and without too much cost. As neither Hammill nor Griffiths are likely to dislodge Jarvis or Hunt from the starting line-up in the near future, what are the manager`s plans for them?

As we beat off Blackpool and, it seems, Liverpool for Hammill`s services, we must have promised him more than a place in the development squad to secure his signature (Griffiths will probably be happy with that). Was it Jarvis`s place in the team? And did we make a deal with Liverpool, offering Jarvis to the club in return for a clear run at Hammill? Or, does MM expect us to go down at the end of the season? If that were so, he could revert to his tried and tested policy of buying in and training up young and hungry players. At the same time he could swell his piggy bank by selling off players like Jarvis and … [fill in your own suggestions].

Though I would be sorry to see Jarvis go now, the money we would get for him – and would have to be several millions – could be put to good effect. That is, we could splash out on a quality left back. I think that would be a good bargain and well worth the loss of our flying winger.

Moreover, as I have often written in my blogs, I have my reservations about Jarvis. On his day, he is unstoppable and has scored some vital goals (great one on Tuesday). However, he is inconsistent and not a perfect crosser of the ball. On occasions, he has been anonymous as a winger. Where he scores heavily, is in his ancillary role as a defender. With his pace, he can track back quickly and tackle the man with the ball (vital, given our defenders’ tendency to back off).

So, on balance I would welcome the sale of Jarvis, with the proviso that it depends on whether Hammill is as good as he cracked up to be and that we buy a quality defender or two.