Should Chopra Stay Or Go?

Last updated : 30 May 2006 By Footy Mad - Editor

The 22-year-old did well for the club in the absence of injured duo Alan Shearer and Michael Owen at the end of last season, and has been offered a new one-year deal.

However, Chopra knows that with Roeder looking at big-name forwards as he prepares to start his summer rebuilding programme, his chances could once again be limited.

League One play-off finalists Barnsley, where he scored 17 goals on loan during the 2004-05 season, are understood to be one of several clubs monitoring his situation. As well as Watford, who are now a Premiership club following their play-off win over Leeds United.

Roeder: "Not everyone can be a ready-made Premiership and international striker at the age of 18 like Michael Owen or Wayne Rooney. They are one-in-a-million players.

"Michael Chopra has improved through the season. He's a local boy and he'll be waiting to see what offers come in from other clubs.

"He's a good lad to work with and because of his attitude, he will continue to do well over the years. He's been blooded and he needs to be playing men's football.

"If he stays, maybe there might be an opportunity for him to go out on loan, we would have to see. But he's a product of our youth academy and if he were to leave, then we would have to be adequately compensated.

"Michael has an offer and I hope he can make his decision quickly so all parties know where they stand. I would be quite happy if Michael decides to stay. He got a few chances with us towards the end of last season."