The ‘mystery’ striker has finally been revealed, with West Ham United prospect Anthony Scully signing an 18-month deal with the club.
I’ve come to the signing late once again, but to recap on the facts, Scully is a forward, converted from a central midfielder, who has been banging in goals for fun in the Premier League 2. Despite starting the season as an attacking midfielder, he became the development squad’s regular No9 with 16 goals in 17 competitive appearances in 2019/20. He also grabbed a brace against Newport County in the EFL Trophy in September.
He won the Premier League 2 Player of the Month for September and was nominated in October, with his performances keeping him happy, as this quote shows: “I’m very happy with how the season’s gone,” he observed on West Ham’s official site.
“Obviously at the start of the season I didn’t play as a striker, but I’ve come into the position and now I’ve got 16 goals. Being top scorer in the league going into the Christmas break, there’s not a lot more you can ask for as a striker. More importantly, however, is that the team is playing really well, and I’m just happy to contribute with the goals that I can.”
It was thought he might be a target for Stevenage on loan, but instead has completed a surprise permanent move to Sincil Bank. It is a surprise too; West Ham’s academy people seemed to be delighted with his development and hopes were high he might get into their first team. Indeed, some posters on Twitter felt that would be the case.
just play anthony scully up front or even ajeti. i don’t want to have to watch haller play for us ever again.
— mardey (@mardeycastle) February 1, 2020
As a West Ham fan I know he’s really highly regarded. Fans have been calling for him to be given a chance. Hope he smashes it up at Lincoln. Good luck to the lad
— Matthew (@mattyattree) February 3, 2020
Anthony Scully has joined EFL League One club Lincoln City on a permanent basis.
Another outgoing player.
Another youth player departs.
The academy has really failed under GBS.
— Forever_Boleyn (@Forever_Boleyn) February 3, 2020
After signing the deal, Scully revealed he was looking for a loan deal to get senior experience, but he’s jumped at the chance of a permanent switch instead.
“I was at West Ham and I’ve been playing the last six months with their under 23’s and I was looking to go out on loan but when the option was there to come here on a permanent deal, I got it sorted straight away,” he told the club’s official site.
“I’ve been talking to Conor over the last week or so about the club and the lads and he’s had nothing but good things to say so I can’t wait to get started. “I’ve been away with Ireland meeting different players, so I know coming here it’ll be a little nerve-wracking meeting the new lads and getting into the new environment. But once you’re in there, after a week or so it’s pretty much about training and playing, you settle in and it’s all fine.”
It’s an interesting capture and one that is going to be hard to judge until the end of the season. Scully clearly has the ability, his goals in the Premier League 2 show that, but how will he adjust to senior football? What I would say is don’t expect him to be an option up top as a starter, not just yet. Tyreece and Tom Hopper will be our pairing and I expect to see Scully from the bench.
What I would say is this: he was highly thought of at West Ham and there’s every chance this could be a very shrewd signing. The fact is not all of our young players will come good, not all of them will flop, but there will be a mix. However, to have Tayo Edun and now Anthony Scully sign permanent deals with us does show a certain belief in whatever it is they’re being sold.
I guarantee that isn’t League Two football, so this is a positive move after a tough week, even if in the short term we might have to wait for the full impact.