Dewsnip very disappointed at Wolves recall of on-loan Cundle

Director of football Neil Dewsnip admitted he was ‘very disappointed’ to be told on Sunday night that Wolverhampton Wanderers were recalling Luke Cundle from his loan at Plymouth Argyle.


The 21-year-old midfielder is now expected to be reunited with former Pilgrims’ boss Steven Schumacher on loan until the end of the season.


Cundle scored a goal and also had an assist in his last game for Argyle, the 3-1 FA Cup third round win against Sutton United at Home Park on Saturday.


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Cundle only played in that game after Dewsnip contacted Wolves on Friday morning to check about media speculation that they were considering selling him, with Stoke and Bristol City both linked to him, and that was downplayed.


Given the strength of the media speculation about Cundle it was surprising that he ended up playing for Argyle against Sutton, not only risking an injury but also making him cup-tied, although Stoke are out of the FA Cup after losing 4-2 at home to Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.


Dewsnip said: “That was the reason for the phone call on Friday morning, quite frankly, to establish what the state of play was.


I was assured at that moment in time there was no interest from anybody at all so it was safe to discuss selecting him, which we felt was the right thing to do.


“I thought he played really well, for what it’s worth. So you have to take people by their word I guess and at that point in time maybe there wasn’t anything going on.”


As for Stoke reportedly taking Cundle on loan, Dewsnip said: “I think it’s about economics, the way I was told by Wolverhampton Wanderers.


I’m not privy to what those economics are, but I would imagine they are paying a lot more money than we were.”


Cundle was the second Argyle loan signing to be recalled at the start of the January transfer window after his parent club Aston Villa took the decision to sell him to Middlesbrough for £2.5 million.


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That has led to understandable frustration inside and outside the club, but the Pilgrims brought in England under-19 captain Ashley Phillips today on loan from Tottenham Hotspur until the end of the season.


Argyle chief executive officer Andrew Parkinson still believes their policy to take talented young players on loan from top clubs is an approach worth taking.


Parkinson said: “The great thing about having loan players is we have got a fantastic environment for people to be able to thrive here, and have thrived. We have had a couple of examples already.


“We get top Premier League clubs wanting to put their players here. We have got to accept it’s an important part of how Argyle operate and it works for us, so it’s not a negative it’s a positive.”


New Argyle head coach Ian Foster added: “I think the Finn one that was done prior to me arriving.


On Luke Cundle, who played very well at the weekend, listen I understand it. When you take players on loan their parent club have every right to call them back.


“Also, if they come here and play particularly well you are always at risk of losing them. That is always the deal, you know that when you go into it.”


He added: “We wish them well. They have made a football decision and it gives us the opportunity to look elsewhere and further strengthen in those positions if we can.”


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