The world of puns lost a match made in heaven this evening as Billy Knott left the club, on loan to Rochdale.
Whilst this may not be the end of our dealings with Rochdale this transfer window, for now it’s one in and one out. Freck arrives and out the back door goes billy, a tainted genius whom the Cowley’s couldn’t get the best out of. It’s is with regret I’m sure, but sadly Billy looks destined to leave his potnential unfulfilled.
The 25-year old summer signing from Gillingham instantly gave City a little dig too, sadly lacking the class shown by Freck in his press conference, happening simultaneously. Knott said; “”I’ve seen the way the gaffer plays football, his style of play, and it suits me. I trained today and really enjoyed it. The boys are full of confidence and it was a really good standard. It was nice and enjoyable. My last few moves probably haven’t been to passing teams, so I’m like a little kid again and I can’t wait to get passing the ball, moving it quickly and making movements off the ball. I’m looking forward to it.”
His assessment of City’s style is both harsh and fair in equal measure. We do play a quick back to front style at times, but when Billy has been given the ball to feet, he’s failed to deliver this range of passes we keep hearing about. Without being bitter, I think perhaps Billy tried too hard when he was in the team, always looking for the spectacular. He struck me like the talented kid in the playground, the one who had a bit about him but spent more time trying to demonstrate it than getting the basics right. I wish him all the best, especially trying to play his neat passing game on that pitch.
Genuinely, I hope he settle in at Rochdale and reaches his potential. I know there’s a great footballer in there, but if Danny and Nicky Cowley don’t know how to get it out of him, I’m not sure anyone will. Keith Hill does have a good record with signing players, although former Imps target Jordan Williams hasn’t been the hit expected at Spotland.
Billy Knott made 22 starts for City, 12 more as a sub and scored three goals, one against Bromley last season, one against Lee Frecklington’s Rotherham this season and the pick of the bunch as we cruised to a win against Carlisle. The writing was on the wall for Billy when he liked this tweet the other night. No doubt the new arrival pushing him further down the pecking order was a major catalyst in him going. All the best for the future Billy.
Wondering why lincoln have signed Lee Frecklington back & no one as told you 🤔 I still think your class just time to lift you game 🇵🇪🇵🇪🇵🇪
— Damien Pridham (@pridsville) January 9, 2018