It looks set to be a frantic few weeks as we continue to battle in three different competitions. Despite the arrival of Jonny Margetts it is suspected Danny will want to bring in yet another forward player. When Dayle Southwell arrived he suggested there might be a further arrival, and having essentially swapped Southwell for Margetts I think we’ll see another new face.
At the Legends Dinner last night one or two of the guests were suggesting we might be returning to Peterborough United for one of their forward players, and I’ve decided to look at three that might just be in the frame to boost our numbers before the season is out.
Peterborough assistant manager Grant McCann described Deon Moore as ‘the real deal’ in a July 2016 interview. He was effusive in his praise for the product of the Posh youth set up, the same youth set up that produced Harry Anderson.
“Deon deserves to be in the first-team squad. I don’t look at his age, I look at his ability. He is a very gifted striker. He’s a man in my eyes anyway. He’s strong, quick, technically good and he can run in behind defenders.”
Deon is just 17, and he started his career Carshalton as under-13 age level. After four years there he was spotted by Posh, and he signed a two-year scholarship. He is rated highly by the Posh officials, and in August 2016, despite still a scholar he was promoted to the first team. He made his debut in the 6–1 defeat to Norwich Under 23’s in the EFL Trophy. He appeared as a sub in four League One games, and his only start so far came in October in the EFL Trophy defeat by MK Dons.
A move to Lincoln would, one assumes, be similar to the Harry Anderson deal, a short term loan in order to offer cover and options up front. It would seem to be the type of move that DC favours at the moment, bringing in promising youngsters from bigger clubs. As well as Harry Anderson both Joe Ward and Josh Ginnelly have similar backgrounds to Moore, having spent time in the youth set up at Football League clubs. Indeed Joe Ward spent time at Chelmsford before his move to Brighton.
Nabi was once described as ‘equally as gifted in technical and finishing abilities as Saido Berinho’, a player he’d partnered at youth level, by West Brom Academy boss Mark Harrison. That wasn’t even the strongest praise the striker received. After a spell on loan at Delhi Dynamos he received kind words from John Arne Riise and Florent Malouda, both team mates. Riise claimed “He’s a great finisher and as his confidence and fitness builds he’ll go on to be very good. He’s got some amazing skills and he’s going to be a top, top player.” Former Chelsea forward Malouda said; “I think Nabi has a bright future in the game in England. He’s a good young player with a lot of skill. He has quick feet and is very good in front of goal.”
So how does a player of this calibre even get a mention in a blog about potential Lincoln City targets? His move to Peteborough hasn’t been a happy one, he’s managed just ten appearances, starting six since joining thirteen months ago. His last run out also came in the EFL Trophy, he failed to score as the Posh won 2-1 at Barnet. He was all set to leave Peterborough in January of this year, Barry Fry said that: “Nabi was all set to go to Port Vale, but they sacked their manager and the caretaker boss is not so keen.”
Nabi is of Pakistani descent but has represented England and u-16 and u-17 level. There’s no doubt the lad has a lot of talent, his next move will be crucial to his career. Could Harry Anderson have spoken of the Cowley’s methods, and Nabi want’s to be a part of the revolution? There’s no doubt he fits the bill as the energetic striker who will get around Rheady, but is he available to a National League club?
Now, here is a real long shot. The current Peterborough number 9 is Lee Angol, a former Spurs trainee who made his name at Boreham Wood. Angol finished the 2014/15 season as the Conference South top scorer with 25 goals in 39 games, helping to fire them to the National League via the Southern play-offs. He was named as the club’s player of the season and he won the Young Player of the Year accolade at the National Game Awards, the same award won by Alex Woodyard last season.
Angol signed for Peterborough in July 2015 for an undisclosed fee on a three-year contract. He netted eleven times last season, but suffered a set back this season when he broke his ankle in a friendly at Boston.
Since coming back in November Angol has struggled for goals, netting just once in the current campaign against Gillingham on Boxing Day. He’s been dropped for their last two matches, replaced by Paul Taylor.
Angol would be well known to Danny and Nicky, but as he’s in and around the first team it would be ambitious (to say the least) if he were linked with a move to Lincoln. Perhaps the Peterborough people realise his injury has knocked him off kilter this season, and they see two months at our level as a good way for him to find his scoring boots again?
The beauty of a Danny Cowley transfer is that you never truly know what is going to happen. Some are easy to call and fans know all about them before even the player and the manager do (see Southwell, Dayle and Margetts, Jonny). Others come straight out of leftfield, names plucked out of the football stratosphere that nobody predicted (see Ragget, Sean and Knott, Billy). If we do dip into the market again, albeit for a loan player, I would wager a bet that it’ll be a name that comes from nowhere.
Of these three I suspect the most likely would be Deon Moore, although the most interesting would be Adil Nabi. His football background is particularly unique, especially with that spell in Delhi on his CV. At 22 he sounds like the sort of player that needs an injection of va-va-voom in his career, and we have just the men to give him that shot in the arm.