The Imps at being linked with two more players tonight, Boreham Wood midfielder Bruno Andrade and Colchester forward Mikael Mandron.
I’m going to look at both rumours shortly, but I would stress first of all that we’re bound to be linked with players right now. Every man and his dog knows we’re in the market for a striker and maybe a goal scoring midfielder and organisations eager for tweets or retweets are bound to want to link us to players.
First up, the one I would get excited about, Andrade. I’ve been championing this player for over a year now, and I thought we might move for him in January. As it happened, Boreham Wood fancied themselves as a league club and Andrade was key to that, but he’s out of contract now and a move to the Football league seems likely.
Bruno Andrade signs for a League Two club tomorrow, barring any late hitches. The smart money is on Lincoln City
— ExAgent (@ExAgent1) May 24, 2018
This account has been generating a bit of interest lately. Usually I bin off these ‘Ex Agent’ types, but he’s got a few things right, not least Ian Holloway’s sacking and Ed Upson moving to a League One club. He does seem to be ‘in the know’ and his following is growing quite considerably. I guess we’ll see over the next few days if he’s on the money or not. If he is, there are lots of reasons to be excited.
Andrade, born in Portugal, joined the QPR academy at 13 and spent almost ten years working his way up to the first team, enjoying loan spells at Aldershot, Wycombe and Stevenage. Upon his release in May 2015 he joined Stevenage permanently, but after just a handful of outings he went to Boreham Wood via a full season with Woking.
He plays as an attacking midfielder, the link between players such as Michael Bostwick and Matt Green. I know Tom Pett could fill that role, or even Lee Frecklington, but Andrade is also flexible. He can play further up and out wide, even once being cited by Raheem Sterling as an influence. They played youth football together at QPR and Sterling nicknamed Andrade ‘Road Runner’ for his ability to knock the ball into space and out pace any opponent.
At 24-years old he’s coming into his prime right now and his form at Boreham Wood this season has been excellent. He knows where the goal is, he is flexible and he’s primed for a Football League move. He spent some time on trial at Portsmouth earlier in the season and my gut feeling was a League One club would come in for him. If this ‘ex-agent’ is right, then this weekend we could see a very exciting player become the first signing of the summer. I do know Danny has been an admirer of Andrade for a while now and having seen him in action in the play-offs when he scored against both Tranmere and Fylde, he would significantly improve our squad.
Quite what it would mean for Elliott’s chance though I don’t know.
A far more reliable source has linked us with a striker I’ve liked for a while now too, although I’ve never thought he would be someone on our radar.
BBC Essex understands the #ColU striker Mikael Mandron is a transfer target for at least two clubs this Summer.
Lincoln City are being strongly linked with a move for the Frenchman who scored ten goals in League Two last season.
Mandron has one year left on his contract. pic.twitter.com/nOdFNRrcBT
— BBC Essex Sport (@BBCEssexSport) May 24, 2018
Mandron would cost a fee for a start which, with the likes of Kristian Dennis and Tom Hopper coming free, makes the move seem less likely. He was on the books of Sunderland as a younger player, but signed for Eastleigh when they had all the money. His impact at Eastleigh was such that he quickly earned a move to Wigan in League One. That didn’t work out and this season he’s been with Colchester, although again he hasn’t set the world alight with ten goals.
Mandron would fit in with the type of striker we’re looking at, he’s not dissimilar to Tom Hopper. He’s a big unit, 6ft 3in and he’s a player who likes to receive the ball deep and hold it up before spreading the play. At 23-years old he’s got a long career ahead of him, is he someone we’ve earmarked as the ultimate successor to Rheady?
Of the two rumours, it is the former I’d like to see happen more than the latter. Mandron is a force, that is for sure, but is there a need to spend money on a player if there’s similar options out there who could come free? His goal scoring ration doesn’t worry me, I’ve said before you don’t need to be proven, but that is another area where Andrade impresses. He scored 20 this season from midfield, taking his tally to 30 in two seasons. He’s getting better and better and I think he represents not only a great addition to the squad, but also massive potential for a big money move.
I wouldn’t be disappointed to see either join us if I’m honest, but these are just two rumours at present. The Ex Agent seems to like Lincoln, he’s had us linked with everyone from Lyle Taylor to Kristian Dennis, but I suspect the former will end up in the Championship and the latter possibly with Bradford City in League One. When Danny does make his move, more often than not it will be unpredictable and decisive.