It’s clear that the role of centre forward will always divide fans. Some will want a player to be admired even when the goals aren’t flowing, others want to pull them down even when they are.
When we signed John Akinde we did so as a 20 goal a season striker. He now needs four to hit that target.
This weekend there’s little doubt he enjoyed playing with Rheady. When John doesn’t have to be the target man, he makes a fearsome channel runner. I always admired Matt Green because he ran the channels with pace and trickery, but John does it with power and brute force. he’s quick deceptively so, but to move that frame means conserving energy.
He won’t run a lost cause causing some, incorrectly, to label him as lazy. He’s a clever player, but at times that languid style has had people wondering where his strengths lay. He’s missed a few chances recently but which striker doesn’t? Sure, we see names such as Walker and Doidge appear on the score sheet from time to time, but we don’t see their misses too, do we?
This weekend, we got another Akinde masterclass. I’m told by many it was his best performance in a Lincoln shirt, I personally think Exeter away might have edged it. All season we’ve seen a player on the cusp of a commanding display, always maybe one vital component away from showing his true class; a fellow striker.
I’ve heard people say we saw the striker we thought we signed in the summer, I don’t buy that. We’ve seen him every week, ploughing a lone furrow and doing the job he’s been given. This weekend we saw him in a two, like he sued to be at Barnet, and we got our just rewards.
I’m not doing this as another fawning article to heap praise on the player because he’s had a tough time from one or two, he probably doesn’t even know he has. I’m doing this article because there were two strikers widely considered to be the best in the division on display this weekend and I know exactly which one I’d rather have in my side on the evidence provided.
Take a bow Mr Akinde. As Danny says, we’re only a streak of John Akinde strikes away from League One football.
Wouldn’t be top without him
— Tom Kirman (@kirmantheimp) March 2, 2019
You bet he’s good enough
— John Firth (@Imp_since_1959) March 2, 2019
given time..😆..we are 4th tier & john is class act.
he looks dodgy sometimes when receiving the ball.
he'll work on it.
i hope he stays a few years.
— David C Brown (@DavidCB43819569) March 3, 2019
If you actually think John Akinde is anything other than magnificent you’re best off sticking to lawn bowls or just any sport but football
— Darren Lilley (@HRHKingDaz) March 2, 2019
He's clearly getting annoyed with a certain idiotic section of our fan base. I'm not sure it will shut them up to be honest. Good that he's calling the morons out tho.
— Ric Stephens (@RicPepeStephens) March 2, 2019
Anyone who knows football knows how good he is! The rest in my opinion shouldn’t matter but sadly at times on social media and in the ground they’re the twats that shout loudest!
— dan wilson (@dan_wilson1) March 2, 2019
I genuinely think it’s a very small minority who can’t see big Johns class and what he brings to the side. The trouble is that they are allowed to prod a keyboard 🤬
— Andy (@sincilbank) March 2, 2019
Not at the game today but hearing john akinde is on fire . Fairplay to john great response to tuesday . Get the fuck in . We got john akunde !
— Will Conlon (@bobkippuz) March 2, 2019
If I came home tonight and found John Akinde in bed with my wife…
I’d tuck him in…..!!!!!!!
— Simon Jenkinson (@jenki78) March 2, 2019