Well Henri Lansbury may be at West Ham on loan but that hasn't stopped him signing a contract extension at the Arse. So much for all those hopes that we had secured "first option" to buy as part of the loan deal!
This news should make people sit up and think. Whilst it is great to have the likes of Lansbury and Bentley on loan, we don't want them hampering the development and progress of our own young players, in particular Jack Collison.
There appears some doubt as to whether Collison was rested after his exploits for Wales or dropped for the game with Pompey. Two things are certain. One he acquitted himself well against England and served notice that he can hold his own with the big boys. But two, he faces stiff competition if he is going to hold down a regular place at West Ham. And being good enough to play at international level but not good enough to be a regular for West Ham in the Championship is something of an oxymoron!
Collison only recently signed a contract extension himself. It would be a serious poke in his eye if his loyalty played second fiddle to Lansbury's one season break.