If Peterborough Today are to be believed, Lincoln City are on the verge of signing exciting striker Lee Angol on loan until the end of the season.
After rumours of us being in for a striker from Posh surfaced I speculated which one we might be in the running for, and Angol was the ‘outside bet’. In truth he’s another player that shouldn’t be available to us, given that he has started regularly for Posh since his return from an early season injury.
Angol started out as a trainee at Spurs, and was a regular in their academy side before an unsuccessful move to Wycombe Wanderers. AFter loan spells at Hendon, Maidenhead and Boreham Wood he signed for Luton, only to be immediately loaned back to Boreham Wood.
His record at Boreham Wood began to hint at the quality of player he might be. He finished the season as the Conference South top scorer with 25 goals in 39 games and helped them to promotion to the National League. He also won the Young Player of the Year accolade at the National Game Awards, the same award picked up by Alex Woodyard last season. With his star rising significantly he was offered a new deal at Luton, but turned it down in favour of a move to Peterborough.
His Peterborough debut was one to remember, he scored twice as they thrashed Oldham 5-1 at Boundary Park. He scored seven in his first 14 outings for Peterborough, and although he wasn’t prolific he ended the season with 12, including a brace away at Shrewsbury. It was a good first season in League One, and he was handed the number nine shirt for the current campaign which demonstrates how highly he was regarded.
He unfortunately broke his ankle in a pre-season friendly at Boston, an injury that required surgery and kept him out of the side until November. Since his return he’s made 17 appearances including an FA Cup outing against Chelsea. He’s scored just once though, and was sent off just before half time in another game, there’s a feeling he hasn’t come back from the injury as sharp as he was last season. His last start was on Valentine’s Day, but he dropped to the bench for the next two games and is now surprisingly linked with the Lincoln move.
Posh fans have taken to message boards to express surprise that their ‘hot young thing’ has dropped down two divisions, although one has suggested it says more about their managers lack of ability in identifying players.
“Remember how McCann and MacBlarney kept saying we were missing Lee Angol and that we’d be ok once he returned from his injury? I said all along that it was foolhardy to talk Angol up like that, and that he’s far from the player they were making him out to be. I’m trying hard to avoid saying “I told you so” (anyway I wasn’t the only Posh fan saying the same thing) but Angol’s shortcomings have been there right from the first time he pulled on a Posh shirt.”
Another Posh fan felt that a move to Lincoln would suit Angol.
“I think its more a case of Angol going to a lower level where it might suit him better. He’s definitely not good enough to play in a team that is aiming to get promoted to the Championship.”
There’s no doubt he performed well in the league below us, and DC has obviously seen something that makes Angol an attractive prospect. Rumours are that Peterborough is not a happy camp, whereas at Lincoln we do have a togetherness and team spirit in which players can thrive. If Angol settles in to our method quickly I think he can be a great addition. He’s pacey and direct, and he offers an aerial threat too standing at six-foot two.
His physique and playing style is not that different to Theo Robinson, and one wonders if he is seen as a direct replacement for Theo as the season winds down. Jonny Margetts needs some match sharpness, but Angol has been playing regular League One football for a few months now and will perhaps slot straight in up top, alongside the big man. There’s no doubt with crucial games coming thick and fast we need options.
His arrival will bring to a close DC’s hunt for forward options, having added two in a week. Unfortunately for Angol he has already had his day in the FA Cup spotlight when Posh played Cheslea, so he’ll sit out at the Emirates. However, if everything is completed in time he should be available for our visit to Braintree on Tuesday, a far more important game than the FA Cup sideshow.