In the wake of yesterday’s Goal.com report on Fanendo Adi’s desire to move on from the Portland Timbers, it seems that the Timbers’ ace has become frustrated with the club’s unwillingness to sell him in the middle of the season.
Again the report comes via Goal.com and an anonymous representative of Adi’s, this time telling Goal that talks between Adi and the club are ongoing despite yesterday’s statements from the Timbers that Adi would not be allowed to leave over the summer.
The potential loss of Adi is a source of anxiety for both the Timbers and their fans, something that Adi’s anonymous representative confirmed to Goal, saying that the Timbers cited an inability to replace Adi mid-season as part of their refusal to sell him on.
Were Adi to leave, the Timbers would certainly find themselves thin up top and without a designated player slot available to bring in a suitable replacement, having made use of Targeted Allocation Money to buy down Adi’s contract. While Jack McInerney has certainly been a capable replacement so far, Adi’s nine goals in fifteen games so far this season is a level of productivity that would be hard to match, not to mention the capabilities as a target striker that he brings to the table.
While yesterday’s report was left on a positive note following Adi’s later deleted tweet about the Timbers, this one just feels negative and leaves a bad taste in the mouth as the Timbers — and hopefully Adi — try to turn around a season that got off to a slow start.