Sorry for the forced pun
Sam Ricketts has left Bolton Wanderers and joined Wolves as expected. What has come as a shock, however, is the fee paid for our versatile defender? Nothing, nada, zip? A big fat zilch!
After the coup of landing Alex Baptiste from under the noses of several interested parties, Mr Ricketts was always going to struggle to convince both the manager and fans he was still worthy of the starting right-back slot. Cover for the full-back positions however, are currently sparse at the Reebok, so Ricketts was by no means overly surplus to requirements. So when Sam`s name was quickly circulated to depart the club following Baptiste`s arrival, my understanding was the Whites had decided cash in on the player while they still could; an astute bit of business; especially when our Wanderer counterparts had shown an immediate monetary interest.
With fee agreed and medical ensuing, our Wanderers decide to cancel Ricketts` contract, wrap him in Wanderer-logo paper and deliver him to Wolves free of charge. Something has obviously happened during the conclusion of negotiations. Maybe we will never discover what. But with the Financial Fair Play regulations kicking in this season and Bolton`s supposed astronomical debt, you would think £2-3 hundred thousand would go some way to balancing the books this fiscal financial year?
But, hey, what do I know, right?