Anthony Scully was unveiled as the mystery signing last night, bringing out striker numbers up to three.
He’s joined on a permanent deal from West Ham United, a club it is believed rated him highly. Not high enough to keep him on as a professional though, allowing him to sign an 18-month deal with us.
It’s always tricky, assessing young players abilities. We’ve got it wrong once or twice in the past: Wayne Biggins, Sam Clucas, Luke Dimech and Steve Holmes all left the club as young players and went on to better things, albeit Holmes coming back to us. It isn’t easy to spot potential though and with Scully coming to the end of his current contract, he’s been allowed to leave to join us.
That’s the opinion of respected West Ham twitter account ‘Ex WHU Employee‘ who has said; “His contract was up and it was felt by the club that he unfortunately wouldn’t make it in the higher divisions. Time will tell…”
That’s drawn a lot of opinion from West Ham fans about our latest signing, who has been banging in goals for fun in the Premier League 2. Despite starting the season as an attacking midfielder, he became the development squad’s regular No9 with 16 goals in 17 competitive appearances in 2019/20. He also grabbed a brace against Newport County in the EFL Trophy in September.
That has led some West Ham fans to feel he should have been given a chance to shine, or even sent out on loan before a decision was made. Here are some of the replies from them on the Ex WHU Employee’s tweet for you to feast your eyes upon.
Before you do, the gist here is to show how they feel about him going, not for me to build him up too much. Players like Scully will need time to adjust to senior football and hopefully, with Tyreece and Tom Hopper up front, he’ll be afforded a little room to get his senior career off to a steady start.
By whom ? As we have no qualified scouts or backroom staff so was this another Sullivan knowing jack shit about football but knows his wallet might have had to open
— ⚒Grimmer⚒ (@grimmer1895) February 3, 2020
The u23s play in the lower league as were relegated last season. Also get nowhere in the EFL cup against lower league teams. They aren't good enough is why they are let go. Happens at all clubs.
— Michael Atkins ⚒ (@MichaelAko8520) February 3, 2020
how can you win potm twice and be top scorer for the 23’s and deemed not good enough?
— Jack Alexander (@JackAlexander1_) February 3, 2020
All this stuff where our U23s are flying in their little league and then apparently not being good enough to make the grade surely that’s screaming volumes about our scouting set up being under staffed or funded!
— Paul Agar (@Paul_R_Agar) February 3, 2020
Well he was scoring enough it doesn't make sense to me! I hope he has a fabulous career and at least he is with Conor I'm just gutted we are leaking talent.
— West Ham Ironess (@IronessWest) February 3, 2020
His move to CF really piad Dividends it suits him. Our U23s top 4 on ? loan or sold & Coventry. Powell one really odd, Scully never got a loan. Glad kept Kemp lil rocket. But U23s still doing good luckily Silva & Adarkwa are back Dju, Diallo steeping up & Baptiste one to watch!
— Joshua (@SchroerJr) February 4, 2020
I don't understand it considering our current lack of goalscoring strikers. Will we actually have a youth team left by the end of the season or is That the point!!?!
— James (@Mr_Tweeter77) February 3, 2020
What with West Ham more than likely to be playing Championship football next season it begs the questions as to why was Anthony Scully sold. Surprised the Board didn’t keep him until our fate was known to avoid spending money on other players if relegated or remain in PL.
— Josh Verrills (@WestHamJoshV) February 3, 2020
Honeslty don’t know what goes through our chairman’s mind, scully seemed to be one of our only goal scorers in our youth accademy but idk mate
— James (@BowenSZNN) February 3, 2020