The left back/left winger spent the first half of last year on loan at League 2 side Plymouth Argyle. where he made a big impact on the team. The Green Army had a long stretch of not conceding a single goal during his stay and his attacking prowess has be vined and tweeted about at length. He spent the latter half of the season on loan at Manchester United. He was used exclusively for their U21 team and was said to have fitted right in, playing with the likes of Radamel Falcao during his stay there.
So enough with the history lesson. I'm not happy. I could have vomited with rage when I saw the rumour. Yes I am exaggerating a tad and I will add right at the start, however, I do trust Lennon when it comes to the young players. Zach Clough, Josh Vela, Tom Walker and Max Clayton are enough evidence he isn't afraid to use them. I just can't see why Kellett isn't held in the same standing as the others. I watched him a couple of times for Plymouth when he was there and there was barely a game where he didn't produce a ‘wow' moment. Yes we are talking League 2 level, but you could tell he could be playing at a higher level.
His dribbling ability is sublime. Easily up there with Clough's. He has decent pace, is confident at taking players on and he can time his runs like a seasoned pro. He had been a left back for most of his youth career but is arguably considered a winger due to his stature and attacking prowess. I also think he could do a good job in a CAM role, making Mark Davies style runs at the heart of the defence.
Could it be his attitude? Unlikely given that Lennon was quoted as saying on his move to United:
"He's no bother, low maintenance, very level-headed and I just hope he takes it in his stride."
Even if Lennon doesn't share my thoughts on his ability, there is no doubt we have sod all in terms of wide players and sod all in terms of pace. With Rob Hall out the door, we now have Liam Feeney, Kaiyne Woolery and Walker as recognised left and right midfielders.
We have struggled with width since Dougie decided he wanted a narrow possession based team. So to sell a natural left footer who has numerous qualities which we are lacking seems crazy to me. I had similar feelings when Odelusi (whom I was president of his fan-club) was sold. He was another pacey player who could go on the wing and make things happen.
Even if neither had the ability to make it in the long run, we have nothing better and nothing to replace them. I just have horrible visions of selling Kellett for peanuts and seeing him go on to enjoy a successful, lucrative career before he was ever given the chance here - when, in actual fact, we could really use him.