Hull City boss Liam Rosenior has insisted that the club will not be allowing star man Jaden Philogene to leave this club in the January transfer window, as reported in the Hull Daily Mail.
Philogene has been in sensational form since his move to Hull from Aston Villa in the summer and has 11 goal involvements from just 16 matches in the Championship this season. This form, which has led to a nomination for November Player of the Month, has seen some City fans become concerned that there could be interest after Christmas.
The former Villa man’s form has led to his involvement in Lee Carsley’s last two England Under 21 squads and he managed to score twice and assist on his debut in a 9-1 hammering of Serbia. Philogene has already played over 60 games in the second tier and, after a loan spell with Cardiff City last term, he has found a home at the MKM Stadium.
Tigers’ manager Liam Rosenior has moved to put an end to any rumours of his brilliant youngster’s departure, claiming he is not moving anywhere. The London-born winger would be unable to represent another team this season due to appearing for Villa before switching to Hull. This fact hasn’t stopped the rumours of interest in Philogene and his manager felt the need to outline the club’s position.
“We wouldn’t even entertain an offer in January and I don’t think Jaden would even entertain an offer in January because he wants to improve and he knows the best place is here for him. No chance it’s not happening. There’s no way he’s leaving,” Rosenior said.
Hull’s boss has said how much of a joy the young player is to work with and that Philogene will continue to operate with full confidence and belief despite a penalty miss against Watford at the weekend.
“I think the fact he’s been nominated for that tells you where he is,” Rosenior continued. “I had a really good conversation with Jaden (at training) and he’s absolutely loving being here. I think we’re a team that he can show his true qualities and express himself in. The scary thing is that he can get even better. And it’s my job is to, to help him get there.”
“In terms of his natural ability and his confidence, he’s the type of player that you pay to watch and, and hopefully his form continues and actually improves because I think it can.”
Philogene has had an outstanding start to the season and any interest in him is not a surprise. Any club who is interested in the winger will have to be patient as he can’t play for a third side this season but that doesn’t mean a deal can’t be struck early in the New Year.
The fact that Philogene has to stay at Hull to play will be of comfort to City and their fans while it will also be a benefit to the player himself. Clearly, he is highly rated by his manager and is one of the first names on the team sheet. Another six months as a Championship regular could add even more to his value.