Early in the summer we were linked with a move for then-Cheltenham Town striker Billy Waters. He ended up going to Northampton, but could the January transfer window see him make a move to Sincil Bank, perhaps on loan?
His move to Northampton hasn’t been a resounding success, he’s made nine goal-less starts with a further eight cameo appearances from the bench. His last start came on December 9th as Northampton lost 5-1 to Oldham, since then he hasn’t had a minute of competitive football.
Waters is a diminutive but live wire striker, 5’9 but with a keen eye for goal. He was much-loved at Cheltenham last season, but a summer move became likely and, for a short while at least, we were involved in the hunt. Eventually he found himself in League One and who can blame the lad for that? Perhaps that step up hasn’t been right for him, maybe he just hasn’t settled at Northampton, but he does appear to be out of favour at present.
He started out at Gresty Road playing for Crewe, the team he served his apprenticeship with. After two years there he moved to Cheltenham, helping them to the National League title in 2015/16. During that time he not only faced up against the Imps, but also Danny Cowley’s Braintree Town. He made his debut at Sincil Bank as we shared a 1-1 opening day draw and, in October 2015, he scored as Cheltenham and Braintree shared a 1-1 draw. He eventually caught the eye of the England C selectors, picked in the squad for a trip to the Ukraine.
Delighted to have won the Young Player, Players’ Player, Supporters’ Player and Fans’ Player of the season awards! Thank you to all🏆⚽️❤️
— Billy Waters (@_BillyWaters) April 29, 2017
Last season he was ever-present at Whaddon Road, making 55 appearances and scoring 16 goals in all competitions. He cleaned up in their Player of the Season awards too, much like Alex Woodyard did for us. By the summer he was hot property, but the goals have dried up since his big move. With Northampton third from bottom in League One, he might be offloaded as they attempt to shuffle their pack.
We know once Danny identifies a player as suitable it is because he has conducted extensive due diligence, so if we were in for Waters in the summer it means Danny saw something in him. Six lean months in League One serve only to reduce his market value, but it doesn’t make him a bad player and one wonders if perhaps he is still on Danny’s radar.