John Akinde’s arrival finally happened and, as promised, we’ve had an evening just settling down and appreciating what we have. Finally, the squad can begin to take shape and top of the list now is an Ollie Pamer replacement.
Akinde isn’t that, he’s the elusive striker we didn’t get last season, not the fourth man but much like the graham Greene novel, our third man. Palmer was the fourth striker, the gamble that could have proven to be a success or failure. as it was, Palmer wasn’t happy sitting on the bench and maybe, just maybe he pushed to ensure he wasn’t there this season.
What we need, without a doubt, is another striker. It doesn’t need to be a big name, I’m not fussed about someone with twenty goals a season behind him for six seasons or more, what we need is a player who will add value. A player who can come off the bench and chance our pattern of play, or who can interchange with what we’ve already got. We all know, fans and management alike, that we needed another striker last season.
Danny won’t just bring anyone in though, he won’t waste the money or the squad place on a player he doesn’t think fits the bill. It might be Lee Shaw, but if the Grantham lad does impress I feel very much that we’ll still have another Football league player come in, experience of League One highly likely.
There will be all manner of factors that a light-hearted piece such as this can’t consider. Perhaps some of the players I’m going to put forward would demand big wages, they may be training elsewhere and there’s a likelihood they wouldn’t want to sit on Lincoln City’s bench. However, after a trawl through www.transfermrkt.com and using some of the knowledge I’ve imparted from my FLW role, here are six players that Danny might do well to consider as the experimental fourth striker.
Disclaimer – this is a speculation piece, highlighting six players who I have come across and think might add something to the squad. There’s no suggestion we’re in for them and if you don’t like this sort of article, please just close the browser and move on, rather than having a pop on social media. Cheers.