Foxes GTF Would Be Perfect Lincoln Loan.

Since joining Leicester City from Blackpool FC on a one year deal in September, 32 year old Imps legend Gary Taylor Fletcher has struggled to get into the Foxes side.  GTF has managed just 26 minutes of League action for the third placed Foxes, which is such a waste for a talent who is winding down his career.  It would be lift-off if the Foxes would lend him to the cash strapped Imps for a month!

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GTF got 25 minutes against Blackpool on his debut, then an hour in the 2-1 League Cup win over Derby, however things have been downward since then. The Right-winger came on in the 90th minute of the 2-1 win over Barnsley, but failed to even make the bench in the next two games before being an unused sub at the weekend. GTF is behind 21 year old Anthony Knockaert in the pecking order, who was replaced by Matty James, another talented midfielder who is just 22, in the 2-1 win over Huddersfield at the weekend.  As for up top they have an embarrassment of riches in Nugent, Vardy and Hopper.

With the Foxes third and continuing to look Premiership bound and capable of at least a play-off berth if not better, Gary Taylor Fletcher could do with a loan to get match fit.  Lincoln might be way down the League but we are just down the road and the return of GTF is just what we need. Lincoln need a winger and a talisman to kick-start a return to the League. Just imagine if he signed for a month  – it would put a thousand on the gate if he signed, it would spark a stampede for replica shirt sales.

Dreams and ambition are a great thing, but the realities of life suggest the Imps will be unlikely to get such a massive favour from the Foxes. That said if you don’t ask you don’t get, oh to live the dream and see such a legend another 2-3 times at Sincil Bank before he hangs up his boots.  His Lincoln career came courtesy of Keith Alexander who signed a lad he knew from his Northwich Victoria days in  2003. GTF would mesmerise defences and go on to become Supporters Player of the Year in 2003–04 with 19 goals.

GTF then equalled a 106 year old club record when he scored in our six opening games in 2004/5 but finished the season with 11 goals from 45 appearances as the Lincolnshire poacher turned gamekeeper. Jacko spied and applied, nicking him on a free, taking him to Huddersfield where he had to make his mark as a right winger getting 15 in his first season and 11 in his second.  During his spell at the Terriers he scored the 500,000 football League goal with a 25-yard beauty into the top corner against the Millers.

Blackpool signed him in 2007 and he would be instrumental in the promotion from the Championship to the Premiership. GTF never broke double figures during his Tangerine period but the artist was certainly a creator and scorer of great goals as opposed to being the great goal-scorer we Imps knew him to be. We could do with either at the moment to catapult this club back to where it belongs. The Nucleus of the side is there but Taylor-Fletcher would give waht the club and the city have been looking for for some time.

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Thanks for the pic WIKI
FULL NAME Gary Taylor-Fletcher
DATE OF BIRTH 4 June 1981 (age 32)
HEIGHT 6 ft 0
CURRENT CLUB Leicester City
YEARS Team Apps
1999–2001 Northwich Victoria 43 (11)
2001 Hull City (loan) 5 (0)
2001–2003 Leyton Orient 22 (2)
2001–2002 Grays Athletic (loan) 4 (3)
2002 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 3 (1)
2002–2003 Dagenham & Redbridge (loan) 5 (0)
2003–2005 Lincoln City 93 (30)
2005–2007 Huddersfield Town 92 (26)
2007–2013 Blackpool 209 (35)
2013– Leicester City 3 (0)
Appearance & goals data includes League & cup matches



Posted on October 22, 2013, in Ex Imps, Transfer News, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. GTF has been injured, which is why he wasn’t making the bench. He’s back now, and is on the bench again, which is his acknowledged role in the squad. You can have Paul Gallagher if you like.

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