Danny Cowley revealed his transfer plans to the press after Saturday’s excellent 4-1 win against Swindon, but in doing so has uncovered a wonderful problem to have.
The Imps looked as strong as ever this weekend, able to draw from a bench teeming with talent and turn a game that had previously be slipping away. Matt Green would undoubtedly have started for 95% of League Two teams this weekend and he proved that with his cameo, scoring one and setting up another.
Danny revealed that he’s looking to add potentially two more players, this coming on the back of capturing Jason Shackell and Joan Luque on Thursday.
“We would like to take a left winger if we could to give another option in a wide area,” he said after Saturday’s game. “And maybe a midfielder, but that would depend on if we can get there financially. You always want options in wide and attacking areas. That’s why we’re trying to look at different formations – it gives you more options if you’ve got a small squad.”
Some have speculated that a move for former loan player Danny Rowe could be on the cards, but the main issue with that train of thought has to be finances. Whilst our transfer policy has demonstrated a certain amount of money has been available, surely there can’t be enough left to capture a Championship winger?
Furthermore, would Ipswich loan us Rowe knowing he might not start every game? Bruno Andrade (pictured top) was excellent on the left this weekend and if he plays like that every week, any incoming talent will be hard pushed to force a way into the side.
With that in mind, the Stacey West wonders if perhaps a swoop for Bournemouth winger Ben Whitfield might be in the offing. The 22-year old has experience at this level, playing for Port Vale last season, but has recently signed a new deal with the Cherries.
We were linked with him in January, but he ended u remaining at Vale Park as we turned our attentions to Rowe, but if there’s a finite amount of money left, maybe he could be the answer?
Also, in his pre-match presser last week, Danny spoke of capturing Jason Shackell using the same agent as Ryan Allsop, who spoke highly of City. Allsop is formerly of Bournemouth and the same agent represents Eddie Howe which has given opened doors for us in the past.
The circumstances are certainly right and Whitfield can play on either flank or through the middle of the park, so he would be the right position as well as the right type of player.
What remains to be seen is if we can conjure up the money for Rowe, but if we cannot then Ben Whitfield is one name I would not be at all surprised to see arrive at Sincil Bank before the window closes on August 31st.