Why would he do that?
Martinez bought a lot of shite and they all got game time except this guy. The fact that the man who bought him never played him either says to me it's simply a case of him not being up to scratch.
Anyway, regardless of the reasons for freezing him out, it's still not a climbdown. He was in the squad last season and didn't play. He's in the squad this season and won't play. We had inadequate striking options last season and he didn't play. We still have inadequate striking options and he won't play
He was training with the reserves last season.
Now he's with the first team.
That's a lot different to be fair.