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
The only way this isn't a climbdown is if you change the meaning of the word climbdown.
Frankly bizarre interpretation of events from you here.