I’m still here, plugging away at my well-worn keyboard. After thirteen hours of following proceedings I’ll admit, I felt a bit cheated at 11pm. I’m not alone either, am I? There’s a lot of you out there wondering what exactly has happened. After thrashing some poor kid on FIFA 18 and having a nice up of tea I’ve settled down and composed myself.
Disclaimer: at the end of this article there is some bad language. If you’re easily offended, don’t read the last line. Cheers.
There are questions that have to be asked and I feel, having followed this transfer window and reported on it for you, I should be the one to start asking. Are you ready?
Why do some fans feel that we need a 20-goal striker? Matt Green has eight in twelve, we’ve failed to score once in 13 games and scored twice or more on ten occasions in that run. We’re hardly stuck for goals are we? Where our rivals have a fifteen goal striker, we’ve got goals from all over. Those people looking at the stats saying our rivals strikers score more, have you factored our wingers goal in against theirs? No? thought not.
Why is our entire transfer window being judged on not bringing in one player? Okay, so we’ve not fulfilled all of our targets, but it could be worse, we could be Grimsby or someone like that. You know why they’ve been so tragic this season, aside from John Fenty? Because managers have been allowed to bring in average players who subsequently clog up the budget. You know, the exact thing Danny is wanting to avoid. Do you think there is a single team in League Two who has ticked all of their boxes in this window? No. Do you think there is a single team in League Two that wouldn’t take our business over theirs? We signed a League One captain in Lee Frecklington, a Championship quality defender in James Wilson and the same in midfield in the form of Danny Rowe. We’ve taken one of our rivals star players in Tom Pett and resisted having the same done to us by Luton. We’ve undoubtedly strengthened and improved since the window opened, hanging on to all of our best players and bringing in far better than we had, bar perhaps Raggs.
To close (tonight) with a quote from Danny “I Would rather 3 really good strikers than 4 average ones. Let’s embrace & enjoy what we have rather than moan about what we don’t! “
— Michael Hortin (@michaelhortin) January 31, 2018
Those people crying on social media about a lack of goals, consider this: we’ve scored more than two of the sides currently in the play-off spots. We’ve scored as many or more than every single team below us in the table. To suggest we’re being held back by the lack of striker is madness. Yes, if Matt Green gets injured we’re going to look a little light on the ground, but we’re not being held back because we haven’t brought in Ricky Miller. Any neutral observers wouldn’t glance at the table and go ‘if only Lincoln could score more goals’, because we’re comparable with those teams around us. So Padraig Amond has got more than Matt Green, we’re still above Newport and have scored the same amount overall.
In fact, where do some supporters get the nerve to moan about our dealings in the transfer window? Two weeks ago Danny was the messiah for bringing Freck home and then securing Jordan Williams and James Wilson the next day. This window has been superb and I have utter belief in the manager. If he couldn’t get value for money, I trust that he’s done the best for our club and walked away from deals. Can you tell me the one time he hasn’t done the best for us? Can you tell me one time he’s frittered away our money on a whim? Never. Can you tell me a time over the last eighteen months where his win percentage has dropped below that of any Lincoln City manager in history? I’ll give you a clue: it’s never. Why then, do some feel justified to sit behind a keyboard and call him naïve in the transfer market? ‘Danny’s got to learn how the big league works’ I saw last night. Has he really? He’s got a 60% win percentage as Lincoln manager, Graham Taylor had 44%. Danny has brought us Michael Bostwick, Lee Frecklington, Matt Green, James Wilson and a host of other superb players. He’s barely put a foot wrong in the market since he arrived and in the space of twelve months we’ve reached two semi-finals, an FA Cup quarter finals and won a League Title. We’re now one win from automatic promotion in League Two and in serious danger of achieving back to back promotions for the first time in the club’s history. I think he understands the so-called big league very well.
Yet still, some fans moan. Sure, I felt disappointed when the clock struck eleven and a striker was nowhere to be seen, but seeing as the man responsible for the transfer policy has taken us on an unprecedented run and completely rebuilt a shattered team, got an entire City to love the club again and given us all belief we can reach the Championship, I’ll trust his judgement. If the players he wanted to sign weren’t value for money, then I’ll trust him implicitly when he doesn’t sign them. How do we know Tom Pett, a wonderful player by all accounts, won’t drop into the centre and bag a few goals? Jordan Williams is rumoured to have played centre forward too, how do we know he won’t do it again? Because he’s a winger on FIFA? Sure, that must be a better way of judging, rather than trusting the manager who works with the players day in, day out and is dedicating every single second of his life to pushing our club forward.
You know what? I won’t entertain it any longer. I won’t have the negativity and bad vibes. You’re entitled to an opinion and I respect that, but no longer will I indulge in arguing my point. Danny Cowley does not deserve to be questioned incessantly on social media, his record speaks for itself. He is on an upward trajectory and his actions yesterday are completely in line with the actions that have brought him and Nicky to this point. I am not saying he is beyond reproach, nobody is at any level of the game, but I will not indulge the doom and gloom merchants when we’re as good as we’ve been in my lifetime.
Let us not lose sight of who we are, where we are and what we’re achieving. Lincoln City haven’t been to Wembley in 133 years, yet within 12 months we’ve been within one game thrice. It hasn’t happened by accident either, one of those semi-finals, due to take place next week, has been achieved with ‘just’ three recognised strikers. Who the hell do we think we are as fans to start calling out a man who has done the things for our club which Danny Cowley has? I feel disappointed with myself for doubting him at 11pm last night, but I’ll leave the article up to remind myself of what posting rash blogs achieves. Nothing.
If Danny didn’t do business for a striker yesterday, there will be good reason. Until we’re in the bottom two (FGR), spending beyond our means (Mansfield) or have only scored three in ten games (Grimsby), perhaps we should trust in the man who has led us for the last year and a half? Perhaps we should rally behind the excellent squad we do have and stop wanting more and more all the time. The transfer window and football in general has turned fans into gluttonous fools, desperate to add more names to a squad list when in truth, we’re not doing to badly at all. Our clamour for more news was like a spoiled kid at Christmas, no sooner had one announcement been made than we wanted the next, disregarding the new signing we’d just witnessed in an incessant hunger for more, more, MORE. More presents Mummy, more players Danny, MORE!
Right, my deadline day is now over, it is 1.38am and I want to be by the radio at 8.50am to listen to what Danny has to say. When he talks, he’s earned the right to have us listen and believe. In the meantime, if you’re raging about us not getting a striker in time, go and have a flick through our last six years of history and get some fucking perspective.