Aside from the intense debate about ‘the Biscuitmen’, I found one little throwaway comment from Danny particularly interesting in this afternoon’s press conference.
When quizzed about the new players he enthused about both Billy Knott and Josh Ginnelly, but I thought he was a little more reserved when talking about Dayle Southwell before moving on to Joe Ward. A few moments after he was asked if Dayle would be staying.
He said talks were still going on, but he was respectful of the fact Dayle was a Wycombe player. After mentioning Gareth Ainsworth’s fondness for Lincoln, he made the following off the cuff comment:
“Obviously we have a contingency if things don’t go as we plan.”
With time for scouting very limited, and knowing the level of due diligence that DC and NC put in when recruiting players I found this to be quite a telling comment. I heard it as ‘we already know what we’ll do if Dayle goes back to Wycombe’. I have a pretty fair idea that I might know as well.
My little birds tell me that Mr Margetts was lined up as a deadline day target, only for demands from Scunthorpe to scupper the deal. I don’t have that as 100% fact, but his move to a league club did come with the statement that ‘a non-league club were interested in him’. I’d like to bet some money that non-league club were Lincoln City.
We now know Jonny Margetts can’t join another side on loan until the end of the season. He is basically ring fenced, he either plays for Scunthorpe United, or he plays for Lincoln City. I’d like to use my winnings from the bet in the last paragraph to suggest it will be red and white he wears before the end of the season.
Wycombe have scored just four goals in the six games they’ve played since Dayle joined us, and just one in four from League fixtures. They’re currently just a point outside of the play-offs and they desperately need a leg up to get them going again. Dayle is highly rated by Gareth Ainsworth, and he should know a goal scorer when he sees one. I can’t see him leaving his player at Lincoln when he clearly needs a boost to his own squad, and with it being outside the transfer window it is the only chance for a fresh face.
As for Jonny, well he’s managed 143 minutes for Scunthorpe, all from the bench. He did score once in the 2-0 EFL Trophy win over Shrewsbury, but even then he appeared as a 24th minute substitute for the injured Tom Hopper. His move hasn’t worked out, and although he left with good intentions I think he’d jump at the chance to return to Lincoln for a short spell.
DC knows Jonny, he knows what he can do and to an extent Jonny is aware of what Lincoln City are about. He won’t be completely on-method, but he might slot in easier than a completely fresh face. As the month deadline looms large for Dayle, I wonder if the ‘Mr Contingency’ is watching, waiting, and hoping that Wycombe recall their player.