The club have revealed two new signings this evening, which have caught me a little off guard.
In fact, even those who are supposedly ‘in the know’ don’t seem to have got wind of this one. We’ve signed Akeen Hinds, a free agent previously with Rotherham, and defender Timothy ‘TJ’ Eyoma.
Hinds is a left back who has most recently been on the books of Rotherham United. He came through their academy and has played for Frickley, Bradford Park Avenue and Hyde United, as well as making four senior appearances for the Millers in the EFL Trophy, the last of which ironically came at Sincil Bank.
He was released from his contract with Rotherham earlier this week, with their development coach Matt Hamshaw saying: “It’s been great to work with Akeem and help him to make the transition from the Academy to the senior setup. He came to see us and informed us about an opportunity elsewhere, and he believes it is the right time to move on in his career.
“Of course we didn’t want to stand in his way and everyone, from myself, the gaffer and all the rest of the staff, wish him all the best for the future. I’m sure whatever Akeem puts his mind to, it will be a success.”
He’s most likely come in as cover for Max Melbourne and signs a short-term deal until the end of the season.
The capture of Eyoma is one likely to raise a few eyebrows; he’s come on loan from Spurs and is a loan signing until the end of the season. He’s not made a senior league appearance for the North London side, but he was on the bench for their FA Cup tie with Tranmere last January where he made his debut. He played in all three of their Under 23 fixtures in this year’s EFL Trophy and has also appeared on the bench for them in the Premier League a number of times.
Eyoma is the second World Cup winner to sign for Lincoln, following in the footsteps of Callum Connolly. He was a part of the England side that won the 2017 World Cup in India and has made six appearances for England’s Under 19 side too.
“I’m delighted to have joined Lincoln and I am looking forward to getting started,” he told the club’s official site. “The club like to play young players and I like the style they play. The manager seems like someone who will get the best out of me.”
Eyoma can play centre back or right back and is likely to offer cover for Cian Bolger, in the continued absence of Michael Bostwick. However, he is highly-rated at Spurs and it is likely we’ll see him putting pressure on the existing defenders for a first-team place. He was described in an article I won’t link to because of who it as follows: While the Londoner’s stature may be a key weakness as a central defender, his tactical awareness and composure on the ball, even when playing out from the back more than make up for it.
Hinds and Eyoma have been given the shirts numbers three and four respectively and will be available for the weekend’s trip to Southend United.