The Imps have today allowed Joan Luque to leave the club, becoming the second departure in recent weeks following on the heels of Matt Green.
Luque was signed from non-league Heybridge Swifts, but ended up making just four senior appearances for City. One of those, against Blackburn in the EFL Cup, resulted in a senior goal.
Since then he’s struggled to make an impact and a poor showing in his loan switch to Bromley may have sealed his fate. His move is unlikely to be popular with fans though, who hoped to see more of the technically gifted midfielder.
The main issue with Luque was where he could fit in and whether he could achieve the levels of fitness required for the Football League. He was seen training on the astro turf shortly after he signed, pre-match. Clearly he worked hard, but did he ever convince Danny he had what it takes?
Also, when he did play he looked a little raw and what we don’t need right now are projects. Positionally he looked wayward, like the talented kid at school who chased everything just to get on the ball. He’s clearly got something, but not what is needed for our football club.
It’s a huge shame, I rated Luque and felt there was a player in there who could have benefitted the side. There’s likely to be plenty of reaction from this later in the day, most of it focused on him not being given a chance, but we don’t work with the players every day.
He’ll likely end up in the National League South or below again, having represented two sides this season.
Luque thanked the club for the chance to play in the Football League in a tweet released earlier.
Thanks to everyone that made my dream true, staff and players for the welcoming and their help, and special mention to all the fans that have shown a lot of support during my time as an imp.
Hope you keep on top of the league untill the last day!#UTI🔴⚪️ https://t.co/T9xpJ77moW
— Joan Luque (@JoanLuque19) January 2, 2019