Forget EFL Transfers 15, or some other faceless account on social media, one of the people I tend to trust is Alan Nixon.
Yes, he works for The Sun, but he does seem to be on the nose when it comes to transfer rumours and he’s linked us with three players this morning. One is a name that keeps cropping up, the other two will almost certainly be new to you, unless you’re a Sheffield Wednesday support.
The first player we’ve been linked with by Nixon is Theo Archibald. This isn’t a new one, he’s been spoken about before but due to the recent pandemic, I wondered if things might have gone a bit quiet. Archibald was once tipped as a future superstar, a Celtic youngster with the world at his feet. A move to Brentford didn’t work out and last season he impressed at Macclesfield Town.
If you delve a little into Archibald’s past, you can understand how he wound up at Macclesfield despite having immense talent. He was highly-rated at Celtic and even turned out for Scotland Under 21s, but opted to move to Brentford after being impressed by their Director of Football, Robert Rowan. Rowan is described as Archibald’s mentor, but he passed away in November 2018, just a week or so after Archibald impressed at Sincil Bank.
Archibald did make a few appearances in the Championship for Brentford but also courted controversy as he struggled to settle. He was sent home from an away trip for ordering room service when it strictly prohibited and was later released, winding up at Macclesfield. In an interview with the Daily Record, Archibald admitted he lost his way a bit after coming down south.
“I know that I could have been a bit more grown-up at Brentford. Just in terms of the way I handled myself when things weren’t going well. Probably, the reason why it didn’t work out was partly to do with me and partly to do with the club. I stopped training with the first team about six months in.
“On one away trip I ordered room service. It wasn’t anything unhealthy but I wasn’t sure if it was a rule or not. Anyway, apparently, it wasn’t OK and I was sent home from the trip. Things like that didn’t help me. I felt it was harsh. I hate playing the victim or feeling sorry for myself.”
Archibald certainly seems to fit the bill for the Imps; young and ambitious, big club pedigree but small club experience and a desire to fulfil an early promise. He’s a free agent and the lure of League One football and Michael Appleton should be enough to snare him. Of the three names mentioned, his is the one I like most, hence putting it first.