Imps reveal double defensive swoop

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.

Akeem Hinds

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.

 

13 Comments

  1. So it’s surely not about improving the team in this transfer window is it?……
    I think for the next home game fans can bring a pair of football boots and they might get a chance to play as long as they under 20…??

    • With only 24 hours to go, this has been a shocking transfer window.

      – Andrade gone
      – Toffolo gone
      – O’Connor gone
      – Akinde gone
      – Walker gone

      That is the spine of a team, and also our best players from last season plus out best player from this season. Its best creators, its best midfielder and its best goal threat.

      What do we have as replacements?

      – one 21-year-old with no league experience originally loaned in as cover for our best player, who was ever present
      – one 21-year-old with six games for a team relegated from the Championship
      – one 21-year-old winger from the Irish league
      – two 20-year-olds with no league experience
      – one 19-year-old from Arsenal who was lost at sea against Portsmouth
      – one 19-year-old from West Ham who went missing in the same game
      – a forward from a team facing certain relegation.

      To say that’s disastrous is an understatement.

    • What am I talking about? About the half term obviously. It’s pretty soon and plenty of kids will be available. Why not to give it a go? They can’t be worse than some of this signings ??

  2. Couldn’t do much about Walker. Toff £0.5M had to deal. Akinde again probably decent money… and despite those 2 recent goals, didn’t pull up any trees. The books have to be balanced and we don’t have the financial backing anywhere near what the big hitters have. It’s clear what the modus operandi is going forward. This a long term project in a world of instant gratification. It won’t suit some but we have to be realistic, We are relative minnows in a sea of substantially bigger fish. We have to do what Crewe did for many years, develop young players and move them on. This group has been together a couple of weeks. Judge them on ability towards the end of the season, now is far too early.

    • While I agree to an extent, we are not developing players to move them on for us. We have young players on loan from The Premier League.

      We have come a long way from the start of the month when this was billed as the best transfer window we have ever had.

  3. From Walker (20 + goals per season) to Hopper (2+ per season) and that cockney prima donna.
    From Toff to Melbourne and God knows who else (that reject from rotherham)
    From Bruno to bench warmer Elbouzedi
    From good players ,fighters and leaders to bunch of kids.
    Are we safe yet? Or are we Tilson safe?

  4. Gorge makes the only constructive and sensible comment here.
    LCFC is a trading company and must balence the books or the Directors become liable. They have given us League 1 status and the academy facilities to try and push on to the Championship. So now they must sell some assets to maintain our position.
    This is the boldest, most creative and exiting time in my 75 years as a Imps fan. For goodness sake let’s enjoy it and support our club

    • “Enjoy it and support our club” absolutely Richard! We are watching League One football, for many that does not seem enough. I, like you Richard, am totally enjoying it. It is evident to me that Michael Appleton is totally confident in his ability as a coach! I unlike many are optimistic for the long term future, He is looking to develop the group over the rest of the season and as he said this morning give it a real go next.

      • I am enjoying it and would quite like to keep enjoying it and think we need the players to do it. I hope this works out, having a single striker in the squad who had never played a single game of competitive football until he came to Lincoln as a 19 year old.

      • I doubt we’ll be watching League One football for very long. If the team we have now was the team we had at the start of the season, we’d have been favourites for relegation.

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