They played zaka while out of form, ditto myers.
If they were “ruthless” as you say, francis would be and should be so far down the pecking order.
I’d hazard a guess it’s more they saw what was on offer coming into the club potentially this year, and simply felt he was expendable.
Not saying it’s bad or the wrong call, just rough on a kid who barracked for the club as a kid, who they took 2 years ago knowing full well it’d be a long term process getting him right.
If the reports are right and it’s more they have pushed him out, or at least backed him into a corner re leaving slighly, still a cuntish thing to do to a kid.
again not necessarily the wrong call, but still a right and wrong way to come out and do it.