The delay to the current football season could mean we get to see Tyreece John-Jules in a Lincoln shirt once more.
The exciting youngster saw his spell curtailed after just one goal in seven outings, with injury ruling him out until the end of the normal season. He returned to Arsenal for rehabilitation, with plenty of fond words for the Imps and supporters as he did.
However, with the current delay to the season, John-Jules is likely to be fit before games resume behind closed doors if indeed they do. If that is the case, there’s a will from both Arsenal and the player to return to Sincil Bank and continue the season, as reported by Football London.
This isn’t a speculation article based on nothing; Arsenal and Tyreece are both believed to desire a return to League One action, should it indeed return. Okay, it may well be behind closed doors, but it would be a very thin silver lining to the huge dark cloud hanging over the division and us in particular. The big question, according to the report, is whether we would want to take him back and play him instead of our own players.
Who do we have as out and out strikers though? Tom Hopper? That’s about it, so Tyreece’s return might be the additional cover we require to make our League One status safe, if that’s required at any point over the coming weeks. I felt losing the 18-year-old was a big blow at the time, so personally, I’d welcome him back.
There’s another element to this which Football London do not touch upon; we want these relationships with big clubs. Who is to say we wouldn’t go back in for Tyreece on a season-long loan next season, or maybe one of his teammates? If that is something we’re eager to pursue, it makes sense that we’d take Tyreece back now and keep the relationship with Arsenal going, especially if they want him back with us.
The current situation makes divisional survival one of the least concerning aspects of the next few months, with financial survival very high indeed on the agenda. Let’s make no mistake, this break and the uncertainty ahead of us make the future very rocky for us and every other team in the division. It isn’t just a loss of matchday revenue, but the money around that (programmes, 50/50, food, beer) and the spends during the week (merchandise, etc) which we’re losing. The battle for survival extends beyond points, games in hand and the like and into bank accounts, turnover and financial stability.
Wouldn’t it be nice though, if we do see a resumption of games in some form, to also see young Tyreece return from nowhere to grab a couple of goals and write a quiz question for future generations? Arsenal seemingly want it, Tyreece seemingly wants it and one would imagine if the financial impact is next to nothing, The Imps will too.