The Imps have been linked with Coventry City striker Jordy Hiwula in the upcoming transfer window.
Usually, I don’t rate the sort of sites that are doing the linking. The EFL Hub seem to just have a random generator to put players and teams together, whilst the Ex-Agent might get some respect from fans but hasn’t always been accurate. I tend to feel these sort of accounts just scour message boards and News Now looking for their stories, but I guess it’s worth looking at this one.
Why? Because there is something about Hiwula that would make him attractive to us, albeit a long shot in terms of possiblity. Firstly, the two tweets I’m using as the basis for the article are below.
Bolton Wanderers, Lincoln City and Peterborough United are interested in Coventry City striker Jordy Hiwula, who is out of contract in the summer. #bwfc #lcfc #pufc #ccfc #EFL_HUB pic.twitter.com/P9fGfZpAf5
— EFL HUB ⚽️ (@efl_hub) December 23, 2019
Jordy Hiwula can leave Coventry City I'm told, with Lincoln closing in.
— Ex Agent James Goodwin (@ex_goodwin) December 27, 2019
Firstly, for those who don’t know, who is Jordy Hiwula? He’s a 24-year-old which does put him in the sort of bracket I think we may recruit from; young enough to develop into something but with experience. Michael Appleton was very specific about experience not only being age but also the number of matches played and Hiwula has been around a fair bit.
He started his career as a youngster at Manchester City before spending time on loan with Yeovil and Walsall. His time at the Bescot was fairly successful, bagging nine in 19 outings before a permanent move to Huddersfield Town. From there he spent time on loan with Wigan,. Walsall, Bradford and Fleetwood, never quite bordering on prolific but often amongst the goals. He scored 12 in 49 across all competitions for the Bantams, then 12 in 53 for Fleetwood, before a permanent move to Coventry City.
Last season he hit 13 in 43 for them, but he’s dropped out of favour in recent months and has six months of his contract remaining. The two salient pieces of information here are the Manchester links and the contract situation. It might be a bit tenuous to suggest being a Manchester lad is a reason MA might like him, but with the gaffer’s contacts, he’s bound to have kept a close eye on youngsters developing in his local area. Secondly, if Hiwula had a year or two left on his current deal he’d possibly be commanding a fee of six figures or more; this could be a ‘turn a profit’ move which we know is a strategy we’re looking to employ.
He’s played for England at Under 18 and Under 19 level, something that again points to him having a certain degree of quality in his game. I’ve had his name mentioned to me on three or four occasions now but I’m always a little cautious in case the same rumours are just bouncing off different people and ending up in my DM’s.
Positionally, he is a centre forward but he can also operate on the left flank if needed. That would give us a little flexibility as we’re short of wide players right now, especially with Bruno’s injury. Jack Payne isn’t comfortable on the flank and we’ve yet to see Zack Elbouzedi in action, so a player who can play in two positions would make sense, as would the potential for profit and his relatively tender age.
He hasn’t started a league game for Coventry since October 19th, he hasn’t been seen in League One action at all since November 23rd. Some social media chatter suggests he’s one of the bigger earners with the Sky Blues and that a move away would make sense in freeing up wages for them to add to their relatively fragile squad. He’s only been used as a centre forward once from the start this season, spending the rest of his time on the left flank. He’s bagged two goals and two assists in 15 league matches but has perhaps been played out of position.
Is he a likely signing for City? It is the sort of player we might see arrive at the club, one with ability, low value currently (both through lack of chances at his club and his contract situation) and yet someone the gaffer thinks he can work with the improve. He’s also a striker which we know we have to bring in, so much of the circumstantial evidence suggests there might be legs in this rumour.