The identity of the other trialists thee Imps have run the eye over has been released today, with one or two new names coming to the attention of fans.
Juan Luque, Toby Edser, Adam Crookes, Choz Charlesworth, Sean Murray and Alex Clark are the players we’ve been looking at. Edser and Crookes we know of, but the others are new.
Sean Murray (pictured top) has League Two experience, he played 37 times for Colchester last season, scoring three times. He’s a central midfielder with Eire honours at U17, U19 and U21 level. He plays central midfield, more in the Lee Frecklington role than O’Connor or Woodyard. It’s well known Danny is looking for a central midfield player, so he might fit the bill.
He’s perhaps best known for his spell at Watford, where he made 75 Championship appearances at the start of his career. He’s stumbled a little, firstly falling out of favour with Tim Sherwood whilst at Swindon and latterly suffering a knee injury that kept him out for six weeks at Colchester. He was offered a new deal with them last season, but has chosen to look elsewhere for his football.
Luque is a player from the non-league scene looking to step up and if fans were keen to get behind Lee Shaw, then Luque might be right up their street. He’s another looking to make a mark in the senior game and at 26, he’s primed to do so. The former Barcelona graduate has been at Heybridge Swifts where he’s caught the eye, both as a wide forward and as a central striker.
Luque earned a deal with Heybridge after impressing at a camp set up to give players from overseas a taste of the English game. The ‘England The Chance’ initiative was set up by Swifts defender Guillem Ramon and saw 21 players from Spain, Andorra and Argentina spend a week at Heybridge in July 2017.
After one season was named in the Bostick North team of the year and was the player who caught the eye of several fans against Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend.
18-year old Choz Charlesworth is another Nottingham Forest youngster, albeit one who has recently been released by the club. Whilst Edser and Crookes want a loan deal, Charlesworth is here with a view to making a permanent switch.
Alex Clark is a former Southend youngster, known for his direct running, pace and dribbling ability. He wasn’t offered a deal at the end of last season and is another looking for a permanent move to Sincil Bank. He came through the Finesse Football Academy, showing sensational potential and was then invited to trial with the Essex club, an opportunity with both hands. A Southend fan I’ve spoken to this afternoon expressed surprise that Clark was released, but also wondered if he was more of a project than a first team prospect.
Luque is the one who caught my eye, but Murray brings a wealth of experience and of the group, they seem like the two most likely to be offered terms. Of Edser and Crookes, much would depend on the other players. Edser would seem a great signing and could have a huge impact, but would he fit into the squad anywhere? Crookes impressed when Toffolo picked up an early injury and that will have done him no harm at all.
One name not mentioned but seemingly being linked with a move to City is Scott Wharton. Many comments on social media indicate every man and his dog knows a deal is close. Whilst I haven’t heard it myself from anywhere, it would seem to be the case as Ben Nugent was the only trialist not kept on at the club, whilst he was the one Danny seemed most keen on.
Time will tell.