The news I was expecting has now broken, Tyler has gone back to Nottingham Forest.
I think I’m over my petulant outbreak of anger last night. I know I’m meant to be the voice of reason, the one looking to find the silver lining to every cloud, but the last couple of days have done my head in if I’m honest. I think it’s the misinformation as much as anything, everyone is in the know, everyone with their own little bits of information. I even turned my phone off on Wednesday night because for some reason, I was a port of call for people looking for reassurances. Sadly, knowing he was offski, I couldn’t offer that.
I confess I was gutted yesterday when I found out he wasn’t at training and had gone back to Forest. I was a bit grumpy on Twitter last night, wishing Forest ill and all that, but I’m only human and occasionally I can overreact. I do think it’s late in the day to call him back but, if the original deal allowed for such an occurrence, then it’s not actually a bad thing to do. He’s their player and without them loaning him to us I have little doubt we’d be much closer to Southend than we are now.
I waited eagerly for the press conference this morning, hoping to hear noises about replacements, but didn’t. I still didn’t feel negative when I came away from listening to MA; he was honest about it being a blow and confirmed that he signed John-Jules as a replacement rather than to complement Walker. I do feel more positive when I listen to Michael, at least we’re getting some honesty. No, it’s not ideal that Tyler went, yes he had planned for him to be here and no, he couldn’t promise there would be one coming in but, if it was possible, he would do it. I did worry a little though; he kept talking about doing business before 5 pm and, as far as I know, the deadline is 11 pm.
Anyway, he then addressed the fear many have, including me, about age. Bringing in Eyoma was made possible by the fact Bozzy is nearing fitness, giving us experience at the back. That’s why he’s gone for a young centre back. He also made it clear back in December that he classes ‘experience’ as game time, not age, so Harry Anderson and Joe Morrell are experienced players. Michael is always calm and measured and he did seem to hint that perhaps the decision for Tyler to return to Forest was made because the player wanted to go back as well. I suppose if all three parties had to agree to it, but two wanted it to happen, there was no benefit in us digging our heels in. We just have to get on with it, right? I said on last week’s pod I was over Toff going because it happened two days ago and football only moves one way, forward. I suppose that’s the case now.
I’m not doing a live transfer blog today, they’ve always done okay but they’re a huge commitment, especially from 9 am until 11 pm (with me being on the radio tonight at 6 pm). Instead, I’ll just keep an eye out for the Lincoln news and have my laptop close by.
There’s no need for panic, not right now. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and if we could apply it now we’d be much better off. Remember, last January everyone said we desperately needed a striker; we signed Lee Angol, he played a couple of times and yet we still went up as Champions. Did we need a striker? Did we need Jordan Roberts? No, so perhaps what fans think we need and what we actually need is not the same thing. However, go back to September 2017, when we missed out on Ollie Hawkins and Simeon Akinola, that did impact us. We missed out on strikers again in January 2018 and ended up playing 4-3-3 with all our forward players on the field.
That’s where hindsight would be great. Could we get the wins we need to remain at this level without Walker and a new face? Maybe, if so, would you want us spending big wages and a transfer fee on players today, impacted our ability to do so in the summer? It’s a tough shout. Personally, I’d like to see a striker come in and maybe a winger. That said, I’m not the manager, I’m just one of a thousand managers on Twitter who think they know better than the bloke paid to do the job.
Some people are worried about the future. Here is the thing about worry; you’re either working yourself up about something that is going to happen anyway and you can’t change, or about something that won’t happen and therefore you’re wasting your time.
Bear that in mind as 11 pm draws closer (or 5 pm, eh Michael?).