Jordan Has Sheffield Wednesday Rejection To Drive Him On
Young Todd Jordan is determined to prove Sheffield Wednesday wrong for not giving him a pro deal. He is quickly going from strength to strength at Lincoln judging by his showing against Telford. His 25-yard side-footed stunner into the top corner on 12 minutes, illustrated there is more in his locker than determination and the dogged defensive side to his game.
Todd, 21 and 6′ 3″, was brought in on a non-contract basis by Simmo, who knew him from his stint at Parkgate FC. Gary gave the lad the chance to step up a couple of levels and he has grasped it with both hands and both boots. He has the passion and desire and knows you have to earn the right to play. If a young lad keeps doing that he will eventually earn a contract, even though that was something that eluded the left-footer at Sheffield Wednesday. He failed to earn that first professional deal at the Owls and, although Todd may not be championship material yet, he certainly has something that should see him earn a living from the game.
Todd came on as a 90th minute sub at Macc, then made his full debut against Southport in a defensive midfield role alongside Mo Fofana. He put in some decent challenges and managed to last the pace, given the standard adjustment and fitness levels that he is working overtime to attain. Todd will make a couple of errors here and there, leading to free-kicks, but he will learn and there is little wrong with his honest competitive approach to the game.
His energy levels are improving with each game, as is his confidence. Todd has a good eye for a pass and more often than not he finds his man, peeling a long ball with the outside of his favoured left foot. He is also keen to get forward which led to a stunning strike on Saturday. Cool as a cucumber, young Todd took a touch and placed a firm, but measured, 25-yarder into the top right-hand corner to relieve the relegation stress at Sincil Bank with just 12 nervy minutes on the clock. With budgets always a concern he possesses the utility factor as he can also play in the centre of defence. I first saw him in this role at Parkgate, where during the first half alone he played four or five thirty to forty yard balls. That was well above the standard of the NEPL and showed he had clearly honed his technique somewhere far higher and elsewhere in Sheffield.
Clearly Todd still has plenty to do before he earns a deal in the summer, but as his confidence grows he will certainly show us more of his repertoire.