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Chelsea loanee Ike Ugbo is having financial issues with his loan club Roda JC, having moved to the Netherlands second division club for the rest of the season.
Ugbo hasn’t let the money issues trouble him as he scored his fifth goal in eight games and fourth in his last five games as Roda JC notched only their second win of the season Friday night, away to Telstar in the Dutch second division.
Roda defeated Telstar 2-1 on Friday night, and it was Ugbo who scored the opening goal in the 51st minute.
Ugbo was not paid his £38,000-a-month wages this month by Roda amid fan protests against their hated Mexican investor.
According to Dutch outlet NRC via Daily Mail, Ugbo’s wages – which are reportedly about 10 times those of his team-mates – were spread across the rest of the squad.
The coaches at Roda opted to spread the wages across the rest of the team as they reportedly believed it was better to have one angry big earner than a team of players disgruntled at Ugbo.
Ugbo said he wasn’t focused on the “peripheral issues”, and is focused on doing well as a striker.
According to reports, Ugbo actually got paid this week, and apparently will get to see out his loan contract with Roda.
The drama isn’t over as the Dutch football federation confirmed a 3-point deduction for financial irregularities stemming from the shenanigans of their new majority owner/investor. And now, reports claim that there was a turbulent week in the Dutch second tier league as fans evict their Mexican owner from the stadium last weekend before the entire club staff reported in “sick” as a form of protest as well. However, the club owner Garcia de la Vega is still at the club and wants to be paid off to the tune of €250k before leaving the poor Limburgian side alone.
Reports say that local investors, as well as the Dutch federation are ready to step in and help them survive this reprehensible episode, which hopefully will be resolved soon.
But for Ugbo, he is banging the goals with relative ease. It’s now five goals in eight games.