I started off with a look at a couple of the players I’d like to see at City in the January window, to conclude here are four more (making eight in total) that I’d like to see.
I’m not suggesting we sign nine players, not at all. This is a list of players I’d love to see us bring in, but some rule out others. For instance, if we were to sign Danny Rowe from Ipswich then I’d probably not be as fussed about the player top of today’s list.
I know, I keep recycling the same names, but there’s a reason for that, they’re good players. Bruno Andrade is ripe for a Football League club to swoop in and take him and I make no apology for championing his cause on these pages. He’s a former QPR youth who has been devastating for Boreham Wood this season. At the time of writing he’s got 10 goals in 24 games. He looked a handful against us last season, scoring as we lost there in March. He scored ten all season in 2016/17 and is on course to beat that easily this time out.
He works well with a holding midfielder too, he sits in front of Tom Champion and just behind Blair Turgott and Dan Holman. He could slot into the gap I believe we have, certainly one that both Elliott Whitehouse and Billy Knott have tried to fill this season.
Andrade is 24 now and out of contract at the end of the season. Whilst Boreham Wood will be wanting to hold on to him, they may struggle. In Turgott, Holman and Andrade they have three exciting players who may well fancy another crack at the Football League. Last transfer window Braintree lost Simeon Akinola to a League club and I can’t help but feel Boreham Wood will suffer the same fate. They’re having a decent season too, they’re seventh still and may want to gamble like Dover did on promotion to the Football League. That may strengthen their resolve to hang on to Andrade, but if the player wants a move will they cash in on him?
I know you love a new name, so here’s one for you. Ndukwo is a Leicester City player, one of the few young England players to start in their FLT match against Scunthorpe United. He’s a really versatile boy too, left-sided but also plays as a striker. There’s a lot of hype around him and he may just be available for loan as the next step in his career surely has to be regular competitive football.
He’s bagged two for them in the FLT this season, one at Morecambe and another to beat Carlisle 1-0. He’s got England youth honours too and a reputation for producing trickery and guile as well as having bags of pace. I think City will be looking to bring in a young, exciting player on loan and why not Ndukwo?
He scored from the half-way line against Liverpool Development side in December 2016, a strike which won Goal of the Season, and as an England under-17 international, he has scored six goals in 17 appearances, including a hat-trick against Cyprus in October 2014.
Although I’d really like to see him at City on loan, it is more the type of player I’d welcome. Look at Kieffer Moore at Rotherham or even Olufela Olomola at Yeovil. These are players loaned out by bigger clubs to the lower leagues with great effect. Okay, Moore is 25 but you get the drift. Chesterfield will be raiding Forest this January, you mark my words. Football has changed and if we’re to thrive we’ll need to look at younger players from bigger clubs on loan. Remember the impact Charlee Adams had? Ndukwo could do exactly the same.
Sit down at the back, I know this is a controversial choice but hear me out.
Ricky Miller, troubled as he is, scores goals. Ricky Miller, troubled as he is, is a natural goal scorer. No disrespect to any of the players we have at the club now, but I’ve only seen one player I could call a natural goal scorer at the Bank in years and that is Liam Hearn. Miller has that quality, that 20-goals a season in the right team quality. Even Matt Green, the quality player he is, has to work at getting into positions and creating chances. For players like Miller, it is instinct, it comes naturally. These players do not come around often and when they do, you accommodate whatever personality traits they have.
There isn’t a comparison here between his behaviour and that of other players at City in recent times. A goal scorer is worth ten of any other position, a natural goal scorer that is. You can put any one of three or four players at right back and the team will carry on through, but an instinctive forward is worth his weight in fifty pound notes, hell he’s probably even worth Steve Evans weight in fifty pound notes.
I know there’s baggage, I know there aspects of his personality which are less than righteous, but so what? People talk about role models and all of that, this is a football club not a community centre. I’d expect if he came he’d be in no doubt about what was expected of him and how he would have to conduct himself, but I think Ricky Miller is a player who just wants to be loved. What misdemeanours did he commit at Dover? None, as far as I’m aware, because he was scoring goals and enjoying his football. He goes to Posh, finds himself out of the team and it all goes wrong for him. Danny can love a player back to life.
Just imagine it for a second, this Lincoln City side, so organised and methodical, but with a talents like Miller prowling the box. Imagine adding fifteen more goals to our current total, where could we be in the league? We will sign a striker in January, we will be looking to improve our goal output and in my mind, there’s fewer better than Ricky Miller. Selfish or not, his language is goals, he scores goals, he makes goals and he breathes goals. If you don’t think we need someone like that in our side, you should see a doctor.
Of all the players I’ve mentioned, this is the one. Ricky Miller is the one who could be the absolute difference, on his own. That is no disrespect to any of the players we have now, but he offers something very few in League Two do: a natural and instinctive goal threat. If there was any possibility of us getting Miller at all, we’d be foolish not to grab it.
Morgan is one I’d like to see sign if Akinola doesn’t. He’s currently at Dagenham after spending last season at Boreham Wood and he was occasionally mentioned as a possible summer signing. If we’re going to add multiple players in the same position then one needs to be younger and something of a gamble, Ferrier represents that.
He’s powerful and quick but also knows where the goal is having grabbed 11 in 22 starts last season and eight in 22 this time out. He’s worked his way up through the levels which is something I think Danny and Nicky admire, echoing comments made by Rheady this week. They notice talent that has excelled through hard work and having come from Bishop Stortford and Hemel Hempstead, Ferrier fits that mould. He’s only 23 too, plenty of time to work on him. He has some of the attributes of Ollie Palmer, perhaps not as big but better in the air, so maybe he’d be seen as too alike. However, this isn’t an article about who I think we’ll sign, it is about who I’d like to see us sign and I believe Ferrier could have a good career in the Football League.
If I had to pick three from my list over the last couple of days, I’d go for Ricky Miller, Simeon Akinola and Danny Rowe. They’re all attacking players, and all would add significantly to the threat we already have. In those three there would be versatility, ability and creativity that would supplement our current offering excellently. Do I think we’d sign three players of that quality in one go? Highly doubtful, but you just never know.
It is certainly set to be an exciting January for Imps fans, lets hope by the time we arrive there we’re still tucked in the play-off spots because if we are, May might just be something a bit special. Again.