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Tilt Left Out as "Mentally Drained"
Monday, 6th Aug 2018 09:00

Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer says Town target Curtis Tilt was left out of his side on Saturday as he was “mentally drained” due to the uncertainty surrounding his future. The Blues have been chasing the 27-year-old since June but with the clubs still to agree a fee.

“He trained well last week but it’s human nature, isn’t it?” Bowyer told the Blackpool Gazette after his team’s 0-0 League One draw at Wycombe, Tilt having travelled with the squad but not been included in the 18.

“It takes a lot out of you mentally when you’re being linked constantly. There’s been negotiations toing and froing from what I understand, and I just thought he looked a little bit mentally drained with it all. You can’t be doing that going into this game.

“But listen, he’s been no problem and I understand his situation but I had to make a call for the good of the team.”

Town are understood to have made a number of offers with their latest bid believed to have been in the region of £700,000 while Blackpool have dug their heels in having set their valuation at £1 million.

It’s now reported that majority owner Owen Oyston is loath to lose Tilt, who was signed from Wrexham a year ago and is understood to have handed in a transfer request.

Quizzed on whether he expects Tilt to depart before Thursday’s 5pm deadline, Bowyer added: “It’s not up to me I’m afraid. The lad wants to play at a higher level, who can deny him? Well I know who can deny him, of course.

“But I can’t blame his ambition or bemoan him or anything like that. This time last year he was making his debut at 25 or 26 from non-league.”

Meanwhile, Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman says striker Kayden Jackson won’t be going anywhere unless the League One club’s valuation is met.

The Blues have made bids of up to £1.75 million for the 24-year-old but with the Lancastrians having put a £2.5 million price tag on his head, higher than their initial valuation with a number of other Championship clubs, including QPR, also having shown interest.

Having been given that figure Town started looking elsewhere for alternatives and are also interested in taking Cardiff’s Omar Bogle on loan. However, it’s believed they are continuing to maintain a dialogue with Stanley regarding Jackson.

The former Barnsley man was reported to have made a transfer request last week, something which was subsequently denied by Accrington chairman Andy Holt.

“There’s a line drawn in the sand on that, everyone’s clear about it. If someone doesn’t match that valuation we move on,” Coleman told the Lancashire Telegraph following their 2-0 defeat at Gillingham on Saturday in which Jackson started.

“Kayden’s a good lad and he’s got a sound head on his shoulders. Whatever happens will happen.

“It might have been a bit difficult for him [on Saturday] because he’s gone through a lot this week, a lot of speculation, and it’s mentally draining.

“That’s why we took him off for the last 10-15 minutes or so. It wasn’t the way he was playing we just thought he was a bit tired with what’s gone on this week.

“But I’ve got no problem with Kayden whether he stays or he goes, and I know he’ll give 100 per cent.”

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BLUEBEAT added 09:05 - Aug 6
So he’s either a weak character psychologically, so we shouldn’t want him or it’s a done deal and we look forward to receiving him.

AYACCA added 09:12 - Aug 6
mentally drained? footballers these days aren't made of the hard stuff.

spanishblue added 09:13 - Aug 6
You can argue that fact or it could just be while we sort his transfer he does,not play,just maybe the thought of earning a lot more money and the possibility this time next year you could be worth 10 -20 million and on your way to Man City it happens

trncbluearmy added 09:19 - Aug 6
mentally drained?!
more like his manager is just talking bollicks, like the rest of that club who must be near impossible to deal with given the set up there

iaintaylorx added 09:23 - Aug 6
Regards to Jackson, we’re selling a proven player in the championship who can score, create, brilliant set ball delivery, a great guy to have around the dressing room - and that was with a mid-table team whose manager at the time never played attacking players etc, for around £5M!! They want someone who only had a good season last year in League 2 for half that value!? I really don’t understand that.

toxtethblue added 09:26 - Aug 6
Just pay 1m and get him in FFS stop fannying for once Town

TimmyH added 09:34 - Aug 6
They really are snowflakes now days...he want's to get a job working in a factory doing 40+ hours a week (not that I've done for some time) but not sure how you can keep a player out for being 'mentally' tired.

PJewellisaGod added 09:38 - Aug 6
Accept our offer then. 700K is a good price for him. We give most of our players away, so accept the offer and let's get this situation over with.

WadeyBlue added 09:48 - Aug 6
Mentally drained?? Lol.

Try doing a 9-5 job on a normal wage 5 days a week.

Cant imagine what would happen if i phoned my boss and said another company wants me so i'll be taking a week off because this whole should i stay or go is mentally draining me. Jeez.

IP12 added 10:01 - Aug 6
I was under the impression that the Oyston family no longer had control of the Blackpool situation....

MattinLondon added 10:10 - Aug 6
To be fair moving from McDonalds to Burger King will be a lot less mentally taxing compared to moving clubs.

AbujaBlue added 10:16 - Aug 6
I doubt Gary Bowyer is much of a wordsmith, so I wouldn't be slagging Tilt off on account of something he says.

Millsey added 10:20 - Aug 6
I’m sure some of you commenting on here woul be a bit peed off if you thought you were going to a better job with more pay for your boss to stop you from moving????

unknown100 added 10:20 - Aug 6
They have the money so just stump up the million quid

OzzieOsbourne added 10:22 - Aug 6
Am I the only one to think Blackpool's intransigence is payback time for Chopra! 🙂

RIPbobby added 10:29 - Aug 6
I think some of you are being harsh. At the end of the day if you live in Blackpool or Accrington and within 7 days you could easily be living in Ipswich don't you think that would screw with your mind a bit?

That's a massive change to anyone. Moving house, possessions, loved ones, cars and dogs. Big change.

Gforce added 11:01 - Aug 6
Not to mention leaving all those excellent bars and chip shops behind on Blackpool seafront.

carlo88 added 11:02 - Aug 6
For god's sake stop messing about for £250K and get the lad signed, for everyone's sake.

runningout added 11:48 - Aug 6
probably Cheesed off rather than mentally drained, I hope

Taricco_Fan added 12:23 - Aug 6
Don't quibble over £300k...get the deal done! If he's as highly-rated as believed then £1m is a good deal.

coolcat added 12:33 - Aug 6
If Tilt has handed in a transfer request then he is more likely bursting to leave, which is a good thing.. Both players are prob getting fed up with waiting to go but not playable as their minds are elsewhere, which is normal when anyone wants to move on. The term 'mentally drained' used in the wrong way here.

BobbyBell added 12:51 - Aug 6
Get Tilt in and don't lose him for the sake of £250K. Forget Jackson he's way too overpriced.

therein61 added 17:22 - Aug 6
I feel mentally drained when I read SWN98'S comments

Europablue added 18:36 - Aug 6
I wonder what impact Gary Bowyer leaving will have on the potential transfer

Ipswichbusiness added 19:29 - Aug 6
RIPbobby; have you ever been to Blackpool or Accrington? If I lived there I'd be down so fast ...

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