Elliott Whitehouse – the next scarf waver?

There are strong rumours this morning that Nuneaton Town’s England C international Elliott Whitehouse could have played his last game for the club.

It was thought he attended Sincil Bank a couple of weeks ago for the Braintree win, and it now seems that the talented midfielder is on his way. Is it going to be to join up with Lincoln City?

Whitehouse, who scored for Nuneaton yesterday in their clash with AFC Fylde, started out at Sheffield United as a youth. He was top scorer for their youth and reserve teams, and a member of the Blades youth team that went to the FA Youth Cup final in 2011, only to be beaten by a Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United.

Since then he’s slowly dropped down the leagues via York City, Notts County and Halifax before finally getting some game time at Nuneaton. Whilst at Nuneaton he has really made his name as a goal scoring attacking midfielder and a great potential talent. He was capped for England C in the 4-3 defeat to the Slovakian under 21 side on June 5th, in a game that also featured current Imps players Sam Habergham and Alex Woodyard.

There’s no doubt Whitehouse would be a player with something to offer. He is currently the ‘Players Player of the Year’ at Nuneaton and is seen as the jewel in their crown. However should the Imps be interested there’s no doubt that the lure of a full time contract would be too much to resist.

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Whitehouse battles for the ball in the FA Youth Cup final. The fella to the right of the picture hasn’t done too badly since.

 

He certainly fits the profile of a Cowley player. He’s young and proven at the level below us, he’s capped by England C as I’ve mentioned and he’s already been talked up by Danny. In a pre season article with Sky Sports he said the following:

An England C player and a proper Number 10 who scores goals from midfield. A really good all-round player who doesn’t just get goals from outside the area with good long range shooting but also is defensively very good. He’s a player that defends early and counter-presses the ball. He’s very highly thought of at Nuneaton and has won plenty of accolades with them.”  

For the record other players on the list included Imps target Simeon Akinola, Imps midfielder Alex Woodyard and another player we were linked with, Dan Bradley.

If the rumour mill is right and Whitehouse is close to an Imps move it would signal the end of one of the player hunts DC has been on since he arrived. He’s made no secret that he’s been looking for some additional attacking dimensions, one from the midfield (Whitehouse) and another forward since Jonny Margetts left. Whether our budget will stretch to two players is the big question.

I think there’s been some misconception that we have a six figure sum to play around with. If bar chatter is to be believed we got an initial payment of around £50k for Jonny Margetts, and there’s no doubt Braintree would want at least that for Akinola. That doesn’t leave a lot spare for a second player does it?

Also I’ve read calls for Clive Nates to ‘put his hand in his pocket’, frankly the most ludicrous thing I’ve ever heard. How do you think the Cowley brothers are here? How do you think we were able to wrestle Raggett from Barrow, or tempt Nathan Arnold to the club? It won’t be cheap simply getting to where we are now, and whilst we’re looking to improve I don’t think the level of financial input that has already been put into the club should be under estimated in any way.

I have a feeling we’ll be seeing that much cherished scarf waved at some point this week, Danny alluded to it in his press conference on Friday. The thirty thousand pound question is will it be Elliott Whitehouse joining the Cowley revolution?

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