The Imps have been linked with Boreham Wood striker Morgan Ferrier according to the dodgy looking click-bait website Breaking Football Update
The site seems nothing more than a lure to entice innocent web users to view adverts, but even so there may be something in the rumours. The one thing we don’t have is a viable alternative to Matt Rhead should the big man tire or get injured. Normally one bustling striker is enough to see you through, but maybe Ferrier offers ‘a bit of both’ and is seen as a potential target? He’s strong and powerful but also has a turn of pace that can really damage opponents.
Ferrier has played 17 times for Boreham Wood this season, scoring eight goals. He has only started twelve games though, and all his goals have come in the games he has started. He’s only 22 and appears hungry and primed for a move up the table. I liken him to Moses Emmanuel at Bromley last season, he’s making a name for himself at one of the ‘surprise packages’ and come the end of the season he’ll be on the hunt for a bigger club.
Like Ricky Miller* his contract is up at the end of the season and if he continues in his current rich vein of form then I can see him moving on for a nominal fee in January. Boreham Wood are knocking on the doors of the play-off race, but no matter how tight they keep things on the pitch I can’t see them making the top five. I would imagine Ferrier will want to capitalise on his rising star, and Boreham Wood will want something, rather than the nothing they’ll get in May.
Ferrier is bound to be well known to Danny and Nicky. Obviously as a player in our league they’ll already know all about his threat and what he can do. Last season he was plying his trade at Hemel Hempstead and Bishop Stortford in the National League South, a division our gaffers are likely to know inside out. Prior to that Ferrier was a trainee at Arsenal and Crystal Palace, and like young Elliot Whitehouse he is keen to start ascending after a sharp descent from a big academy.
In an interview with the Herts and Essex Observer twelve months ago, Ferrier lamented his slide down the professional leagues.
“I’ve been around, I’ve basically been everywhere. I’m not going to lie, when I was younger my attitude wasn’t the best. I’ve been at all these different Premier League clubs, but I haven’t been in the first team so it counts for nothing.”
His current aim is to climb the Football League and make something of his career, in the same manner his friend and fellow former Bishop Stortford player, Dwight Gayle has.
“A lot of players think they’ll come down to the Conference and it’ll be a doddle. It seems stupid but there’s not a major difference between the levels. If you took four or five players from here (Bishop Stortford) and put them in a training session at Palace you wouldn’t be able to say these five are from Bishop Stortford. My mate Dwight Gayle used to be here and he’s at Palace now. He was scoring goals here and now he’s scoring at Palace.”
Dwight Gayle might now be scoring goals for Newcastle, but the sentiment is very much the same. Ferrier is another of those young players hoping to be the next Jamie Vardy, the next player to come back from adversity and play top flight football. Could that hunger be directed and channelled by Danny and Nicky?
It does still seem likely that a striker will be on the shopping list in January, but exactly who and how much we have to spend is open to debate. With Theo Robinson and Rheady forming a good partnership in recent weeks I think the need for a big name has faded somewhat. You know paying £120k for Ricky Miller would bring some goals, but it is a cst we can ill afford, and perhaps a luxury we can do without. Maybe spending £40k on someone like Ferrier represents better value, especially when they will only improve working under the best two young coaches / managers at our level and perhaps beyond.
* I literally only mentioned Ricky Miller to see if the paranoid Dover fans who seem to stalk every mention of him on social media pick it up.
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