Mmmm The Imps Squad Looks Tasty.
Given the raids on Stockport County, Burton Albion and Macclesfield Town, the Imps squad is already starting to look like a formidable unit next year. The future of former Sheffield Wednesday hotshot and current Lincoln City, ‘darling of the D’ is still up in the air but sources within agents circles suggest that Boyce and Miller will put pen to paper next week.
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We have another week to look forward to, further boosting, it has to be said, an already impressive squad. That is not just for the money, for the quality is there, as is the desire from players willing to take a lower wage. They believe in the management team who have sold them a vision and, relatively speaking, a heritage and passionate fan-base who will follow them to the ends of the earth. So many of the ingredients already appear to be there to provide a lot more than the sombre Sincil Bank sustenance we have become used to. Given the current call on the budget (it has grown thanks to 3 directors willingness to put hands in pockets and, as ever, the fans responding with over 700 season ticket sales thus far) 20 players looks the likely model.
So on the face of it we need 6 more to sign. There is also a loan budget that will allow for up to 3-4 to come in. Simmo has already sprung a few surprises for Macc, with raids on some top North-West clubs as well as his Yorkshire homeland. If he had gone to Stockport there is no doubt our league fates would have been reversed due to the loan window opportunities at the time. They certainly have a football Mafia either side of the Pennines, with half the clubs relying on the loan side to make the sums add up.
Defensively speaking we only have a right and left back on the face of it, so look out for a conclusion with regard to Nat Brown coming on board permanently, Diagne choosing between us and at least 3 clubs, then further targets accepting deals. Miller will be as massive to us as Boyce, his versatility is fantastic. Indeed according to a contact, a cruciate ligament injury (this is the knee one that kept Shearer and others out and once ended careers) was the only thing between him and fulfilling his promise during his 2-year deal there. Should neither sign, two more centre-backs will arrive, possibly on six month loans or a permanent basis.
The midfield is mouthwatering, in truth Power could struggle to get in. Rowe is an attacking central midfielder straight out of the Lee Frecklington mould. Like our ex-Frecktanian his swashbuckling style, along-side no nonsense Nolan, bolstered by a decent defensive midfield, gives us scope for more than hope in an area that has been our perennial downfall. Up front youth will get a chance with Connor and Jordan eager to earn a place in a 4-2-3-1, 4-3-3, attacking 4-5-1, 4-4-1-1 or perhaps even a traditional 4-4-2. Fairhurst is a cracker and, if Yussuff can stay fit, Vadaine or another big lad will complement a side that screams goals.
The new 2013/14 Lincoln City Squad and Stats page is already up, with player profiles and up to date stats including games and minutes played, goals, assists, card counts, fouls and even the clean sheets and goals conceded for keepers. Imps can find it after the home page on the menu at the top of the site. or you can book mark/add to favourites by clicking here . Then Click on the name and it will take you to the pen pic / profile of the relevant Lincoln City hero. As the season unfurls a match stats and form table will appear.
Welcome to the Lincoln City Squad page for 2013/14,