Tony Diagne, a Leeds United and Blackburn Rovers Rovers target last season, caught the eye of the posse of scouts in the stands, with a championship class brace for the Imps against Braintree on Tuesday night. The former Nottingham Forest left-back in on loan from Macclesfield put in a match-winning performance as the ten-man Imps thumped the hosts 3-0. Gary Simpson also rates the 22 year old highly, having previously signed him from French club CM Aubervilliers in 2011, whilst at Macc. Indeed the lad almost made a move to Bury on loan in the Autumn.
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On 26 minutes a neat one-two between Turnbull and Sheridan found Diagne, who on the overlap, smashed a sweet unstoppable half-volley that arrowed into the top left from all of 30 yards. A glorious effort to settle the relegation nerves on a beech of a pitch that looked as if it had played host to a Normandy landing. But the Gallic va va voom continued as our cultured full-back served up again on 74. From a good 25-yards, just beyond the D, he thumped a fireball of a free-kick that whistled by a motionless McDonald, who could do little but look on in awe. Mmmm a brace with grace as Impdom sounded the charge to make it three with a bullet header from Bank beast Boyce.
Tony did leave the field early with what appeared to be a knock on Tuesday but with performances like this, could the Imps plans to make a move in the summer stall, or will we bag what looks to be a gem of a left-back?
|Full name||Anthony Diagne
|Date of birth||7 September 1990 (age 22)
|Place of birth||Aubergenville, France
|Playing position||Left back/Def Mid|
|Current club||Macclesfield Town|
|Appearances and goals include BSP, FAC, LC and FAT|
Blackburn Rovers have recalled Matthew Pearson from Lincoln City today, two months ahead of schedule. The 18 year-old had been due to stay at the Imps on a youth loan until April, not unlike also recalled Adam Smith of Leicester City, but a lack of games in both instances is believed to be at the route of the decision.
Matthew made just two appearances for the Imps, both against Carshalton, at the heart of a young makeshift defence . The Imps elimination from the FA Trophy was yet another low and it cannot have been easy for him in a shell shocked dressing room. A surprise Gowling return from the cold has left Pearson on the bench as opposed to getting the regular match action he needs.
Thanks Matthew and good luck.
On-loan Blackburn Rovers defender Matthew Pearson is set to start for Lincoln City on Saturday in the FA trophy against Carshalton Athletic. Rovers fans and staff will know him as a centre-back, however an injury to Tony Sinclair will mean that Matt, here on a youth loan until April, will be filling in a right-back. He’s worth a Blue Square Bet for a goal if starts too.
With Tony set to go under the knife this is a big opportunity for some regular football for a big strong 18-year-old 6 footer with his head on his shoulders. Simon Russell deputised for Tony in a 0-2 friendly defeat against Gainsborough on Tuesday, but the midfielder is unlikely to get the nod now.
Pearson is a quality player, Matt has England youth pedigree and he is hungry and desperate to prove himself after a leg fracture earlier this season that kept him sidelined until October. Matt has been at Ewood Park since the age of 10 and progressed through the academy with flying colours to earn his first pro deal last August.
Don’t be surprised to see him on the score sheet either, a one-in-5 ratio for the Rovers reserves is pretty impressive given the company he would have to keep
|Season 2011 – 12|
|Reserves||2 (1 sub)||0|
|Lancashire Senior Cup||1||0|
|Season 2010 – 11|
|Reserves||17 (1 sub)||3|
|Lancashire Senior Cup||3||0|
|FA Youth Cup||2||0|
|Season 2009 – 10|
|Reserves||4 (1 sub)||1|
|Academy||13 (2 sub)||1|
|FA Youth Cup||1 (1 sub)||0|