I remember when we sold Shawcross, Pulis said something like Fergie wanted Ryan to get games, so he made him availible really cheap, with big bonuses if Stoke ever got promoted/if Shawcross ever played many games.
Only signed a 2 and a half year deal, so should it all go wrong he's not tied down there for ages. I don't see how it's a bad move for him, he's played 8 times since joining in November, as long as the new manager isn't a total feckwit and somehow doesn't see that King is better than what they've already got then he'll get a load of game time. Although he's looked bright in reserve matches, no Premiership club is going to sign him permanently on that basis, ex-reserve players pretty much always start in the Championship and work their way upwards.
I saw this transfer coming. He's a very capable young striker but he just hasn't looked like joining our first team. Either way good luck to him at Blackburn. They're a good club, under some dodgy management, and in time he may help them back to the Premier League.
C'mon guys, of course he was going to leave. No need to overrate our reserves this much. He's 20 and he's got about a season in total, mostly in subs, of games under his belt, from 4 different loan spells. Has hardly impressed at the top level. Was only a matter of time before he left.
Really did have very high hopes for him at one point, shame about the injuries. Would agree with the comment about his pace. I remember seeing him live a few years back at Moss Lane and thinking no-one on earth could possibly be faster than that, and that was with the ball at his feet!