Simmo To Make Oliver Into BSP’s Jermaine Johnson
Vadaine Oliver is looking to Gary Simpson to help him prove Sheffield Wednesday wrong for not offering him a chance to make it big like boyhood hero Jermaine Johnson. Signed after the Owls failed to offer him a deal last summer, Vadaine bagged 13 goals in a struggling side, including a hat-trick on the final day. It sealed a fabulous first season and STMI championed the lad from day 1. Loyalty cuts both ways for Yorkshiremen turned Imps and, despite undoubted interest, Vadaine is poised to sign a long-term deal at Lincoln City, based on his belief in another Steel City son, Gary Simpson. The manager’s ability to develop players and a bond with the fans certainly bodes well, because this will be a Landmark signing and a statement of intent for The Imps.
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Anyone who has seen the busy bustling prowess of JJ (Jermaine Johnson) at Wednesday, will see it in Vadaine. When either gets the ball the expectation level – that is what football is really about – is there, the belief that something can happen. Vadaine’s aerial prowess is phenomenal, but it is the growing confidence of a modest lad that is so heart warming. His rapidly emerging promise is certainly an exciting prospect for Lincoln City next season. Missing the cut at the Owls was hard on Vadaine, a modest lad who is still thrilled that the fans have taken to him. Many at Hillsborough felt he had it in him but the competition is fierce with an embarrassment of riches failing to get into the first team. Todd Jordan also tried and failed before finding his way to the Imps via Parkgate in March.
It is nice for anyone in the game to earn some recognition and see their name in print, but STMI have championed this lad since day one. With a good pre-season behind him and a partner to share the load, we can see Vadaine pillaging and plundering the BSP next year. You heard it here first have a tenner on him to be the first Imp to get 20 goals since Yeo. Mind you if the rumours are true of the other forward in-bound you may want to do a fiver on each of them and a quid on the double.
Vadaine caught STMI’s eye during a cameo 10 minutes against Grimsby in the Lincolnshire Cup. Although Holdsworth, an ex-Blade, has to get the credit for signing him, the Sheffield born sharp shooter only really came into his own once Simmo had put an arm round him. In the face of some dirty tricks, that even Mark Stallard would wince at, Oliver led the line and delivered in powerful fashion. In 22 starts Vadaine has bagged 13, a credible goal every 179 minutes, from 81 shots. His presence in the box has also provided 3 assists and earned him 5 yellow cards and a red.
His goals may have saved our Lincolnshire bacon but his technique has bought us time and a rest for some battle weary limbs. Oliver too looked dead on his feet against Hyde, but Simmo left him on to notch his hat-trick. Was it determination, the human spirit, or an adrenalin rush, that kicked in to give him the match ball?
He certainly has a refreshing spirit and attitude. The good news is the lad wants to stay and it would clearly take at least a six-figure offer from a League club for the Imps to even consider letting him go. Oliver would also be better for at least another season of development under Simmo before both parties undoubtedly cash in.
Posted on May 1, 2013, in Manager's pearls of wisdom, Squad, Uncategorized, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged Jermaine Johnson, Sheffield Wednesday, Vadaine Oliver. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.