Bobby Duncan breaks silence over Liverpool exit

Bobby Duncan

Bobby Duncan has broken his silence over his controversial exit from Liverpool FC.

The 18-year-old striker joined Italian outfit Fiorentina earlier this week, following the much publicised row between his agent and the Reds, in a deal worth at least £1.8million. A 20% sell-on clause was included in the terms of the agreement.

Duncan took to Twitter to comment on the matter after pundits Tim Sherwood and Andy Townsend discussed his transfer on Sky Sports.

Sherwood said: “There’s been a trend where young English players believe they’re not going to get an opportunity at their clubs when they come through the academy.

“It’s difficult for Bobby to come in, in front of Salah, Mane and Firmino and they aren’t leaving anytime soon.

“So, Bobby feels like it’s the right time to go – he’s got quality and he needs to play. U23s football is not really the right platform to develop.

“Maybe a loan to Championship would have been good or possibly other teams in the Premier League might have had a look at him.

“But, all credit to him. It’s worked for many other English players who have gone abroad and become international footballers so hopefully for Bobby’s sake he makes a go of it.”

Townsend added: “We have had a period where Premier League footballers have sat on their backsides, do very little and pick up a nice few quid – not bothered whether they play or not.

“I applaud anyone who feels like they’ve got a burning desire to play, can’t get a foot in where he is and is prepared to go that far.

“This game is all about playing and only about playing.”

That prompted Duncan to Tweet: ‘Someone finally understands!! Thanks Tim & Andy.’