Imps’ news is quite hard to come by of late with the boys being away. It’s also hard to tell you too much about the friendly, a game behind closed doors against a weak Reading side isn’t going to define our season.
In order to satisfy your thirst for the latest news and views across League One I thought I’d bring you another round-up, starting with arguably the biggest name in the division, Sunderland.
Sunderland restricted to loan market
It’s not been a great summer for the Wearsiders. Jack Ross hasn’t been able to do significant business over the summer as a proposed investment seems to have collapsed. Stewart Donald, the club chairman, is still trying to pursue other avenues but until cash comes in, they’re restricted with how they can recruit.
Bear in mind they spent £4m on Will Grigg last January after opening the bidding at £250,000. Yeah, hard to feel too sorry for them.
That’s not how their fans see it though and as things stand they’re likely to be weaker than last season, Lee Cattermole has gone, Reece James chose Doncaster over staying put and one of their three signings so far is a reserve keeper in Lee Burge. Jordan Willis is a big signing though, but after their recent Portgual trip, Ross admitted his hands are tied.
“Loans would be an option, and that is something we are exploring,” he told the Northern Echo. “But it will depend how that fits with the squad, and what contribution they can make.
“If we can bring in one or two who can improve us, then we will, because the three who have come in so far have strengthened us as a squad.
“It’s exactly the same as before. I am working on one or two things with Tony (Coton) at the moment, subject to me being able to juggle a few things around. I’ve been honest and frank about the situation, and it is my job as the manager to get the best out of what I have got.”
They’ve drawn 0-0 with Benfica B this summer, then lost 1-0 to Belenenses.
Blackpool look to recruit former hero
This is one I find interesting. Blackpool are hoping to take Charlie Adam back to Bloomfield Road, according to reports this weekend.
The 33-year-old watched on as they beat AFC Fylde 2-0 earlier in the week, but new boss Simon Grayson played down any possible move for the former Liverpool man. Fast forward three days and it’s reported they’re in talks with him. Football, eh?
It follows hot on the heels of Posh picking up their former hero George Boyd, the so-called ‘white Pele’ who looked more like an English Alan Hutton at Sheffield Wednesday last season; over the hill. It’s got to be a risk looking to recruit older players in those attacking positions, but Adam would be different.
I could see him sat in the base of a midfield diamond, or as part of a two in a 4-2-3-1- formation. Blackpool might be ones to watch last season, Ryan Hardie signed for them recently from Rangers and I suspect he’ll bag a few goals. The only question is over the legs in midfield if they add Adam to their ranks.
One in, one out at Rotherham
It’s looking likely to be a case of one in, one out at Rotherham, although they’ve already farmed one out and the one in isn’t confirmed.
Semi Ajayi has left the New York Stadium. He’s thrived since moving to the Millers, picking up Nigeria honours and generally being an all-round boss at the back. He’s got a goal in him and will do well in the second tier.
That’s prompted them to target a move for Jamie Lindsay. He’s currently with Ross County and is valued around £250,000 according to Football Insider. It’s an interesting one, the level of the Scottish Championship isn’t all that great and it seems a huge fee. That said, maybe it’s just us English that see the likes of Alan Power doing well in Scotland and judge the level, rather than identify the player’s development.