Imps linked with move for Blackpool defender

Courtesy Graham Burrell

Journalist Alan Nixon has suggested we’re in for Blackpool defender Callum McDonald.

Nixon, who works for the Sun, usually gets busy on a Sunday morning with a mix of transfer speculation and rumour, but rarely do we feature. He’s keen on Blackpool today, he reckons they’re making an audacious bid for Ipswich’s former Imp Jon Nolan, whilst they’re reluctant to let us take McDonald.

My Ipswich match report will follow, but I just sat down to write it when I saw Nixon’s story, so thought I’d cover it quickly.

22-yar-old McDonald started his career at Derby County, enjoying a loan spell with Barrow before moving to Bloomfield Road in the summer. He’s a Scotland Under 21 international, having represented his country twice at that level.

The important aspect here is his versatility. He’s classed as a left back by Nixon, but when he joined Blackpool he told their local press that he can play in a number of positions, perhaps pertinently as a centre back:

“I’m a bit of a utility player in a way but fundamentally left-back is my main position,” he said. “But I think it’s important I test myself in other positions as well. I’d say I’m quite a technical player and my main strengths are decision-making, playing out from the back and passing.”

He’s yet to play in the EFL and would surely be coming in as a back up for Max Melbourne, but to also give us some flexibility in the defensive area. I guess with Shackell and Bolger fit and Bozzy struggling, we need cover but not the sort of player who is expecting first-team football.

It remains to be seen how accurate Nixon is.

I sourced this story from twitter and not from the rag he works for by the way. Don’t buy the Sun.