In what has been a decent campaign for St Johnstone, Jason Kerr has been one of the standout stars.
The centre-half has been a rock at the back alongside Joe Shaughnessy, and looks destined to become a big player one day. That hasn’t stopped a League One team in England from having the audacity to put in a shockingly low bid for the Scotsman.
According to The Sun, Barnsley have tabled an offer of £100,000 for the services of Kerr, which the Saints have obviously rejected. It is a derogatory offer for a player who could go for a seven figure sum in today’s market.
A new deal needed for Kerr
If a club down south comes in for a Scottish Premiership player, it is obviously tempting. It’s a chance to showcase yourself on a more widely broadcasted stage, and the money is often much better down south than it is up north.
Right now though, Kerr shouldn’t go, especially not to Barnsley in League One. If fans of the Tykes have watched any of Kerr this season, they will know he has the potential to be as good as current centre-half Liam Lindsay. The pair would make a frightening partnership in England’s’ third-tier.
Despite this, the former East Fife loanee should pen a new deal in Perth, and wait for a bigger opportunity. It is clear that Barnsley just want him on the cheap to make profit on him in a few years. This is St Johnstone’s task, not theirs.
The centre-half has benefited from regular football at McDiarmid Park, and will continue to do so. If he moves south now, he perhaps would see that restricted again, in a league that is no better than the Scottish Premiership.
Kerr has lots of potential and it wouldn’t be best utilised at Barnsley. He can be a St Johnstone regular for years if he stays in Perth, and at this stage in his career, this is great for the young centre-half.
A big move will beckon for Kerr, but it won’t be now, and it definitely shouldn’t be to Barnsley.