Stuart Kettlewell says that although he hasn’t had any contact with other clubs, he ‘wouldn’t be surprised’ if teams came calling for Ross County’s Ross Stewart.
In recent weeks the striker has been linked with a move to Blackburn and Stoke (Daily Record). He is the Staggies’ top scorer in the league with seven Premiership strikes.
Speaking to the Press and Journal (11/12/19, backpage), Kettlewell says he has been impressed with the Ross County striker although he is aware people will begin to take notice of him.
“I’d spoken to Ross’s agent only last week,” Kettlewell said. “There’s nothing, although we wouldn’t be surprised if people were sitting up and taking notice. His record has been excellent.
“He has shown he can play at this level because I suppose there has been a question-mark there. He’s been superb for us. What I think we’ve enjoyed most is this gradual progression of his, from coming in originally and being in and out of the team, nicking a goal here or there.
“Now we’re starting to see his level of performance sustained.”
Stewart has bounced back from goal drought
After a good start to the season, Stewart has bounced back from seven games without a goal to win the reported admiration of teams like Blackburn and Stoke. He’s netted three goals in his last two games.
Stewart is a big player for County and Kettlewell so he’ll probably be hoping suitors don’t take notice of Stewart’s form. That being said, it sounds as if the County co-boss knows it’s inevitable.
Kettlewell will need Stewart’s goals this weekend when County host Kilmarnock in Dingwall. A win in this game could see them go three points behind Killie, who are currently in fifth.
It seems as if Kettlewell is braced for further speculation in his striker, even if the likes of the two EFL outfits haven’t materialised their interest yet.