Harry Anderson pens new deal – reaction and opinion

One of the Imps’ longest-serving players has penned a new deal with the club, keeping him at Sincil Bank for an undisclosed amount of time.

It might seem odd to fans that a contract length is undisclosed, but I assume it just makes it a tiny bit harder for unsolicited interest from other clubs as a player’s contract expires. Marginal gains and all that.

If you count Harry’s spells with us on loan in the National League season he’s on his third stint with the Imps and has appeared in all three of Danny’s trophy winning sides. He joined on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee back in July 2017 and has racked up 130 appearances in all competitions, scoring 20 goals.

“Harry’s been with us for a long time now and he’s certainly lived the Lincoln City journey,” Danny told the club’s OS.

“He’s a young player who’s got an unbelievable work ethic and attitude, combined with natural ability and that’s the type of player we want in the building.”

It’s certainly true he has a good ethic and attitude, he’s always a willing runner and works incredibly hard for the team. Last season he weighed in with goals and assists and we decided to look at his input across the title-winning campaign.

There is little doubt Harry has impact, but this season we’re going to have a very different option should we need it; Jorge Grant. Both players can bring something unique to the side, Grant has a craft and guile whilst Harry is bullish, determined and single-minded in his approach. Remember, Harry is still only 22 and yet has racked up so many matches for us.

Last season he bagged six with four assists; it is probably fair to say much of his best football came before Christmas. He had one run including Morecambe and Newport at home where I felt he was unstoppable, but the red card against Northampton set him back. The transfer window speculation didn’t help either and I’m not sure he is one to be engineering a move as some seemed to suggest.,

Those cross accuracy and shooting accuracy numbers perhaps don’t seem that high, but I thought it prudent to compare them with another wide attacker; Gavin Whyte of Cardiff. He was at Oxford last season and I’ve picked him as he’s just been the subject of a big transfer; £2m. Whyte had 20.9% crossing accuracy and 28.9% shooting accuracy. They’re not the sort of figures you see in the 50% region as lots of crosses can be cut out, even for the very best players.

He did like to get on the ball and have a dribble though, 6.64 times per match. That sums Harry up I think, he has one very brutish approach to wing play and the speed and bulk to carry it off. as he gets older he’ll only get better at what he does.

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Anderson (Courtesy of Graham Burrell)