Back in the mid nineties I remember a terrace chant that used to start along the lines of ‘we all follow the Lincoln, over land and sea’. I’ve used that as a pun in my title, juxtaposing it with following someone on social media. It isn’t good if you don’t get it, but then I suppose the same can be said if you have to explain it.
I like Twitter, I tweet and stuff. It is a platform that has revolutionised football in some ways, giving players a voice and a persona far beyond anything we’ve had in the past. Of course it also gives a voice to the trolls and idiots whom, many may argue, would be far better without a voice. It is the social media platform on which Joseph Barton went from being cigar wielding nut-case to philosopher and thinker. It’s a place where nearly 1500 listen to what I say in 140 characters or less.
It is also a good way of keeping tabs on people who interest you, and obviously I would imagine all of us twitterer types follow Danny Cowley. As today is a slow news day, and I have a bit of the Alex Forrest in me (look it up kids), I decided to have a look at who our manager follows on Twitter. You never know, people he has followed recently might just give us an indication of whom our transfer targets are. It might just be something mildly interesting for you to read, or it might just be an indication that I need to freshen up my approach to blog writing. No doubt you’ll let me know.
First up I notice he is following Fraser Franks, a player I highlighted as a potential signing. I’m not going to debate what that means, Danny might just be a fan of the lads banter. Maybe he shares amusing vines of cats in small spaces or pictures of his dinners.
Striker Callum Dyson (pictured, top) is currently being socially stalked by Danny (not in the same way I’m stalking him though). Dyson is a, 20-year old Everton player who has spent time out on loan at a couple of clubs. Most recently he had a sixteen game spell at Grimsby, scoring four goals. Three of those were penalties though, but reading the Everton forums he sounds a decent player. Dyson is a big, strong forward who stands at 6’3 and with his relative youth still has a raw energy about his play. After stagnating in the Everton youth set-up, Dyson will soon surely be looking for the next step of his career.
Danny is also a Twitter follower of so-called wonder-kid Idris Kanu. Kanu is currently at Aldershot, signing for the Shots after a trial at Manchester United. He’s ben linked with Arsenal and Manchester City, but he’s currently still an Aldershot player. He’s just 17 years old and spent his formative years in the West Ham youth ranks. He played for the Hammers under 21 side at just 15 years old and would appear to be ripe for the step up. His own philosophy seems to favour regular first team football over stagnating in reserve sides.
Danny is also a keen admirer of the Aston Villa youth system, following three of their young players. Keinan Davis is 5’8 forward, Kevin Toner is a midfield player currently on-loan at Bradford, and Andre Green is a highly-rated winger who was poised to leave Villa for another Premier League academy after their relegation. It is hardly surprising Danny is keeping tabs on young players such as these, Toner featured for Wycombe on loan earlier in the season, and in the past Aston Villa have provided young loan players for us (Chris Herd, Nathan Baker and Eric Lichaj spring to mind).
The final person that I noticed on Danny’s followed list before it began to feel weird scrolling down, was Danny Green. He’s a winger that banged in a lot of goals for Dagenham a few years ago, but he’s down on his luck at present. After signing for Luton in 2015 he looked every inch a League Two player, scoring six times from the wing in 30 outings. Just before the end of the season, disaster struck. He suffered a double leg break against Northampton Town n the day they were crowned League Two champions in May 2016. Just this month he finally got the all-clear, but he won’t be donning a Luton Town shirt again, they’ve released him along with Craig Mackail-Smith. Whilst CMS (as the Peterborough fans call him) grabs the headlines with his departure, the unfortunate former Charlton and MK Dons man slides out of the back door quietly. He still has football in him, but will it be at this level, or somewhere like Billericay Town?
For now, that is that. Twitter may be free for anyone to peruse, but quietly going through people someone else follows felt like an invasion of privacy for me. I’m sure other people get a great kick out of it, I got an article you’ll read (or have done if you get this far) and a couple of names that you can debate on social media. Are we signing any of them? It’s certainly not suggested anywhere here that we are. If anything It gives us an indication of the sort of players Danny keeps tabs on: younger players from top-flight academy sides, good players coming back from injury and, of course, Fraser Franks.
Tomorrow: Danny probably blocks me from Twitter.