It’s been in the pipeline for some time and now, just before the festive period, the news has finally broken. After 18 months as a Lincoln City player, Matt Green has moved to Salford City.
It’s not a surprise at all, maybe the timing has caught one or two out, but the deal itself is a no brainer for everyone involved. As much as we like Matt Green and as much as he likes the club, he’s been offered a good deal elsewhere. I feel I write these words most transfer windows, whenever a player leaves who we would like to have kept.
The problem here is Danny wouldn’t be thinking of offering a two and a half year deal to Matt, certainly not at the level that Salford will be wanting to spend. That isn’t because we don’t rate him, but Danny has never been extravagant with spending, nor has he tied up squad places unnecessarily. Whether you agree with it or not, Matt wasn’t a starter this season and when we’re offered a chunky fee and the player secures his immediate future, everyone is a winner.
Everyone except Danny Cowley, the man who has had the final say on the deal. He loses a good player, albeit one used sparingly, and now has to replace him. That isn’t an easy task either. Laughably, I’m still seeing people talking about Macauley Bonne as a replacement. The money Orient would want rules it out, as does the fact he wouldn’t play a role in the first team given his style. Danny has to attract a player that fits the requirements of the squad, whatever that might be.
One thing he does not have to do is make a statement signing for the fans. No James Norwood, no Macauley Bonne and no Christian Doidge.
One thing is certain, nobody is glad to see Matt go. He was a great player for us last season, some of us even thought that before the Port Vale game in which he scored. Had he been used in a 4-4-2 all season, and not a wide player in a 4-3-3, he would have scored 20 goals at least. He leaves with a decent record and I personally wish him all the best.
Sadly, I now have to change my banner image, another job to do before Christmas.
Here’s some of the latest reaction to Matt’s move.
Can we just take a moment.. Matt Green has made just 2 league starts this season and has scored 6 goals in all competitions. Akinde has made 17 league 2 starts and scored 9 goals in all competitions. HEAD = GONE 🤯
— L A U R E N (@laurendumphreys) December 19, 2018
Sad to see you go Greeny would have liked to see more of you and Ollie Palmer together but it seems that doesn’t fit in with Danny’s plan. I’m sure you’ll be a massive success at Salford! Once an imp always an imp 🔴⚪️🔴
— Craig Coe (@craigcoeyo) December 20, 2018
Really gonna miss your impact on games Greeny. Always worked so hard for the team. Thanks & good luck
— Mark Churchill (@church197) December 20, 2018
I think this could come back to haunt us still a class act sad to see him go all the best @Matt10Green
— gavinhughes22 (@gavinhughes9) December 20, 2018
Good luck greeny, can’t blame you. Great attitude and work ethic. You will be missed but you deserve to be playing. All the best
— Jacob marley (@Jacobma34309505) December 20, 2018
Such a shame loved his energy on the pitch. Sorry to see you go.
— ladyimp231 (@ollroberts2311) December 20, 2018
Amazing how people slate John Akinde for not scoring enough goals but think Matt Green was the messiah and we’re idiots for letting him go despite a worse goals-to-game ratio than Akinde
— Steezus 🎄 (@steviestallard) December 20, 2018