‘It’s going to take a big bid for Sammie to go,’ insists Colchester United boss John McGreal

U's boss John McGreal directs his players during the 2-0 win at Crawley Town on Boxing Day. Picture:

U's boss John McGreal directs his players during the 2-0 win at Crawley Town on Boxing Day. Picture: PAGEPIX - Credit: Pagepix Ltd

Colchester United boss, John McGreal, insists that it will take a “big bid” for Sammie Szmodics to leave Colchester United during the January transfer window.

Szmodics is the talk of Colchester at the moment, after sealing the U’s 2-0 win at Crawley Town yesterday afternoon with his 12th goal of the campaign.

The scouts have been flocking to the Weston Homes Community Stadium, especially from Championship clubs, to cast their eye over talented 22-year-old Szmodics.

And he did not disappoint again, this time on the road in West Sussex.

“It’s going to take a big bid for Sammie to go,” explained McGreal.


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“He is under contract, he is one of our own – as we keep saying – we are playing him regularly and he is enjoying his football.

“It would obviously have to be a huge offer come in.

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“When we came in at half-time (1-0 up) it wasn’t all about the ‘well dones,’ but admitting that we should have been two or three up really.

“But then it’s a great ball from (Brandon) Comley and Sammie, as he keeps doing so well, got by their defence and produced a great finish.

“He’s just a real threat at the moment and he is flying with confidence.

“Sammie is looking to score with every opportunity.”

With regards Mikael Mandron’s fourth minute opener, McGreal continued: “Mikael was there to tap it in, whether it be ricochet or not.

“He did well to anticipate this, so early in the game, because sometimes players do not read things beyond what he has done at the start of the game. It was a great start for us.

“I thought we could have been even more clinical and taken advantage early on. We set ourselves up well on the counter-attack, and in the end they had to change their shape.

“We did have lots of opportunities, and I thought we were a little wasteful and not taking those shots on goal, even in the second half, but that is just me being picky.

“We scored two great goals and it was a great team performance against a Crawley side who had won at Accrington over the weekend and had done well with their recent results here.

“We put in a great shift,” added McGreal.

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