Six strikers that could replace Ollie Palmer as the fourth striker

Shay McCartan

McCartan is much like Nicke Kabamba, in that I keep talking about him, but I think he’d be a great addition to our squad.

He switched Accrington for Bradford for £200,000 in June 2017, but struggled to settle at Valley Parade and started just 13 times last season, scoring four.

He’s not a big lad, under 6ft, but he’s earned international honours for Northern Ireland and was seen as the next ‘big thing’ after finally breaking through at Accrington. He hasn’t had a great scoring record, 10 in 39 in his last Accrington season and just four in 19 for Bradford. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a good player though and at 24 he’s come to an age where it is now or never. The recent change of manager at Bradford might lead to an increased opportunity in the side, or it could mean a cut-price move away and back into League Two. Looking at his current transfer policy, the latter is more likely.

In my time working for FLW I’ve seen a lot of football, lots of clips and heard a lot of reports on players and McCartan’s goal return doesn’t do him justice as a player. He’s a real live wire, stocky and strong with good ball retention and pace. He’s also a dead ball specialist, hitting six free kicks in one season during his time at Accrington.




  1. DC named Andrade as a forward in his recent interview, and Andrade said he wanted ot be up top. Shaw’s also on trial – so that potentially gives five already at the club. Are Lincoln actively looking for other options as well?

  2. Agree with you about Andrade Graeme. If Shaw’s trial is successful he could be the ‘unknown quantity.’ In as much as the opposition would not initially know much about him. An impact sub. He is local as we all know. Probably his wages would not be as high as the strikers mentioned above. After all we do not know how much of the transfer budget was used up to get big John Akinde. Danny likes a rough diamond from non league he can work with to polish up. I love it though plenty of if’s buts and maybe’s. We might pick up better clues when the squad is back next week.

  3. Again I agree I believe Andrade was a striker but could play out wide if called upon. I think shaw is a very good prospect and forward line is covered and we need couple of defenders and maybe midfield cover.
    I can’t wait for season to start and looking forward to Tuesday night to see how we line up I am not expecting them to be ‘on method ‘ but to see lots of promising players. Up the imps

    • A couple of defenders and midfield cover? Definitely!… Would like to see Michael Bostwick a permanent central defender. Another defensive midfielder I would particularly like to see brought in.

  4. Tom Miller gone to Bury, not what we were looking for. Need left sided central defender and cover for Eardley.

  5. I want to see an assessment of our youth squad fringe players to see who’s not to far away as far to many lads have been let go in the past who could fit in the squad. Matt Cotton has a great eye for goal full of energy loves the game not much cash would secure the lad.

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