Apparently FC Slovan Liberec saw enough in Ross County’s Kevin Luckassen when he was on trial with them recently that rather than take him on loan they have offered- and Ross County have accepted- a deal to make Luckassen a part of the top flight Czech outfit on a permanent basis. If you’re wondering why County would sell a player who had only been with the club since the summer and was under contract with them for two more seasons, here is the reason:
We would have liked to develop Kevin, that was the plan with these young players, but the money on offer is too good to turn down.
That’s Ross County manager Derek Adams explaining the situation. Without knowing the exact sum County will receive it’s hard to get to worked up about the financial aspect of this, but if it was enough to make the club “blink” it couldn’t have been an insubstantial sum. What we can now say with confidence is that Ross County will no longer be paying the wages of a player who- it was probably hoped- would walk into the first team at Victoria Park and contribute immediately and will be collecting some cash as well. “Too good to turn down,” indeed.
Side note: Today Liberec lost a Europa League match to AZ Almaar- Kevin Luckassen’s old club!
Last night the New England Revolution played Real Salt Lake to a 0-0 draw in the Desert Diamond Cup in Arizona. The New England roster featured a player listed only as “Player X.” Despite my hopes that Player X was some kind of soccer super hero it turns out that he was actually Japanese midfielder Daigo Kobayashi. Kobayashi played most of his career in Japan (mainly for Tokyo Verde and Omiya Ardija), but also spent a season apiece in Norway and Greece. Last season he played in 30 matches for the Vancouver Whitecaps. If I had to go out on a limb I’d say that the Revs are looking at the free agent as “depth” as the club already has a young, crowded and talented midfield.
Guest player (is that what we call “trialists” in MLS?) Marvin Ogunjimi also took part in the match.