I mean it was no big mystery really was it? At last the rumours have come to fruition and former Leeds centre-back Oliver Casey joins the Pool on another three year deal. He joins Marvin Ekpiteta, Jordan Thorniley, Daniel Gretarsson and James Husband as options in the centre of defence.
It’s a new era for Blackpool and the fans. No longer are we waiting, now we are treated to five transfer deals in the space of three weeks. Having two lists of players based on the level we’d be playing at, it shows that Blackpool mean business and the intent to get new boys: Reece James, Daniel Grimshaw, Shayne Lavery and Josh Blwler, shows that there may be many more heading out as well as in.
I’d initially expected to see some photos of Casey with the Blackpool boys in Albufeira when I heard the news that the medical was delayed due to him being on holiday – after Casey initially begun talks with the club prior to the commencement of the play-offs. The longer delay has been over several weeks and holidays must have been slowing this one down.
Very much a young prospect at the age of 20, Leeds-born defender stands at 6ft 2inches. Casey worked his way up through the Category One status academy. After impressing as an u18 he signed a two-year professional contract with Leeds in November 2019, making his pro debut in December 2019. He’s clearly highly rated, as he signed a new three-year contract in July 2020. Since then he has only appeared in cup competitions for Leeds and is now keen to secure first-team football.
View from the other side
Danny Mills told Football Insider that he felt Casey looked a similar mould to former Leeds United loan star Ben White, massive praise indeed from the Sky and BBC pundit.
I spoke to Leeds fan Alex Hayden Rowe, who also made the same comparison.
He said: “Surprised they (Leeds) would let him go to be honest. I wonder if they’ll ask for a buy-back clause as he’s got a bit of Ben White from Brighton in him. He’s a confident Centre Back who can also move up into CDM if needed… He’s very comfortable on the ball, the problem is Leeds have got 3 internationals ahead of him. Which in all honestly is probably the only reason they’re letting him go! I personally thought they (Leeds) would loan him.
Initially it looks like this one will be a squad player, at least initially, given he’s only 20 years old, but when you scratch beneath the surface it’s clear that he can play a part immediately and may become a mainstay in the team. With Gretarsson, Thorniley and Husband on the left side of the pairing, Casey will compete with Marvin Ekpiteta for the other spot, and hopefully Dan Ballard if he does return from Arsenal. We’ve got plenty of options in this position now, and it’s great to sign someone so highly rated for being comfortable on the ball and not afraid to move into midfield.
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