Last night, a prominent Twitter account reported that Jordan Adebayo-Smith had joined Championship side Reading.
The news came via Talk Reading and suggested he had appeared for their Under 23 side, immediately prompting speculation that the attacker had made a move to the Championship. That would come with a transfer fee most likely, but that has now been refuted by BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Michael Hortin.
Michael confirmed that instead of signing for Championship clubs, he had been allowed to head out on trial with a view to fixing up a move. However, it seems neither of those trials has resulted in a deal, and Jordan is now back with Lincoln City. Michael also suggested there will be no more trials for the player.
Sadly, it does appear as though the career path of the exciting youngster is now destined to take him elsewhere as the club are reportedly looking at the best options for him. Michael has also tweeted there is a feeling within the club that we have progressed and California-born 19-year-old is no longer at the level we are at. That may have been eflected in loan spells at Gainsborough and Boston, neither of which were deemed as a huge success.
That would suggest not only is he not a part of the current first team plans, but a route into the plans of Michael Appleton is unlikely. However, Michael (Hortin) also tweeted that the club are keen to do right by Jordan, in helping him to the next stage of his career.
Jordan sprang to the attention of Imps fans with an impressive outing against Derby Under 23s in the summer of 2018, and penned a new deal with the club in June 2019. At the time, then-manager Danny Cowley was impressed with his pace but was looking to develop his technical skills. When MA took over, we pondered if Jordan might be one of the players set to thrive, given the reputation he has developing young players. However, his loan spells last season didn’t seem to develop his potential. He did appear in pre-season as we beat Scunthorpe 4-0, but again struggled to stand out.
Jordan has made just one senior appearance for the Imps, appearing for 63 minutes as we drew 2-2 with Accrington in the EFL Trophy in 2018/19. It remains to be seen if he is able to add to that figure, but the current situation would suggest he is likely to join Ben Coker and Alan Sheehan as one-appearance wonders who have ended up casualties of the Appleton-revolution.